HONG KONG: Cracks appeared to emerge on Friday (Jun 14) in the support base for a proposed Hong Kong law that would allow extraditions to China as opponents of the bill vowed further demonstrations after hundreds of thousands took to the streets this week.The extradition bill, which will cover Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or travelling in the city, has many concerned it may threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong’s international financial status.On Friday, one of the key advisers to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, Executive Council member Bernard Chan, told Cable TV that he did not think formal discussion of the bill, a precursor to a final vote by the legislature, should continue at present given the opposition.”Do we consult, strengthen the bill, or what? Is there still any chance of the bill passing? These are all factors the government must consider,” he said.”But I definitely say that right now it’s not possible – at a time when there are such intense divisions – to keep discussing this issue. The difficulty is very high.”Michael Tien, a member of Hong Kong’s legislature and a deputy to China’s national parliament, urged the city government… Read full this story
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