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How HK’s extradition push could undermine its appeal

Investment and finance executives say the city’s government may have damaged its image as a financial centre with its push to pass an unpopular extradition law.

The decision of the Hong Kong government to press ahead with proposed amendments to its laws to let individuals be extradited to China could do long-lasting damage to its image as a sensibly-run international financial and investment centre, say finance and legal professionals.

The proposed change to Hong Kong’s Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, which was proposed by the government of chief executive Carrie Lam, would let China ask Hong Kong to extradite any individual within its borders that Beijing claims to have broken its laws. Vociferous opposition to the bill led over 1 million people to join a protest march on Sunday, according to organisers. Thousands more then protested outside...

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