A Chinese national accused of murdering his two teenage nephews in the US is escorted by police in Hong Kong pending a US extradition request. AFP HONG KONG, China – 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 politicized 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… Read full this story
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