Hong Kong’s plans to approve extraditions to the mainland have sparked alarm within the city’s business and legal communities who fear it will hammer the financial hub’s international appeal and tangle people up in China’s opaque courts. The proposal, which will be debated in Hong Kong’s legislature on Wednesday, would allow the transfer of fugitives with Taiwan, Macau and mainland China on a “case-basis” for the first time. But it comes at a time of roiling distrust over how Beijing wields its authoritarian legal system — and as two Canadian nationals languish in Chinese custody following the arrest of a top Huawei executive in Vancouver. Critics fear any extradition agreement could leave both business figures and dissidents in Hong Kong vulnerable to China’s politicised courts, fatally undermining a business hub that has thrived off its reputation for a transparent and independent judiciary. “At that point Hong Kong is just really a part of China,” an American partner at an asset management company told AFP, commenting on how the business community would feel if the law is passed. “People might still be fine to come for three years, five years, but are you going to really put down roots here if… Read full this story
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