Critics said this could lead to serving pro-democracy protesters in the region with life sentences. In November 2018, Yao Jinqi, former deputy head of Xinchang district in eastern China`s Zhejiang province, was extradited from Bulgaria under the Sino-Bulgarian extradition treaty, the first time China has extradited an alleged official from an EU member state. Since then, law enforcement has done nothing to reassure critics, political activists and a media mogul have been arrested. Slogans related to last summer`s mass protests have been banned by law, as have the once-ubiquitous „Lennon Walls.“ Britain suspended its extradition treaty last week following steps taken by Australia and Canada, saying the security law had „significantly altered important assumptions,“ including a provision to try some cases in mainland China. „The wrong action of Canada, Australia and Britain in politicizing judicial cooperation with Hong Kong has seriously violated the basis of judicial cooperation,“ he said. On Tuesday, China`s Foreign Ministry said Hong Kong was suspending criminal assistance agreements, including extradition, accusing the countries of „politicizing judicial cooperation.“ Canada, Australia and Britain have announced extradition deals with the semi-autonomous territory after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law, which critics fear could be used against government criticism. Subsequently, Zhao addressed all countries that had suspended previous agreements with Hong Kong: „By imposing so-called sanctions, they want to force the Chinese government to change its position, but this is only a pipe dream.“ On May 22, China`s National People`s Congress authorized its standing committee to draft and pass new national security laws for Hong Kong, instead of waiting for Hong Kong`s legislature to do so. The new law, which criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorist activities and „agreements with foreign and foreign forces,“ was passed on June 30 and went into effect on July 1 at midnight (not coincidentally, the anniversary of Hong Kong`s return to Chinese sovereignty). . . .