Last year, there were numerous protests against an initiative to legalize the extradition of accused persons to mainland China. ”The suspension of New Zealand`s extradition agreement with Hong Kong is based on a misinterpretation of Hong Kong`s national security law and China reserves the right to continue to react,” Wang said. Together with New Zealand and the United States, these three countries are part of the so-called Five Eyes alliance. The United States has announced its intention to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. Among the 14 European signatories are France, Italy, Spain and Russia, while similar agreements have been signed in Latin America, Mexico, Brazil and Peru. Western nations have angered Beijing over its reactions to Hong Kong`s law, which they see as an erosion of civil liberties and human rights that the city has enjoyed since it was handed over from Britain in 1997. China is currently granting extraditions to the two countries with which it has extradition agreements and to states that guarantee reciprocity.  Extradition from China may be requested, Where (1) the conduct indicated in the extradition request constitutes a criminal offence under the law of China and the requesting state and (2) the request for extradition for the opening of criminal proceedings, the offence in the extradition request is punishable by a firm prison sentence of one year or more or another serious sentence , in accordance with the laws of China and the requesting state.  In addition, provision (2) provides for the possibility of seeking extradition if persons have already been convicted but have a residual sentence of at least six months at the time of the application. On Tuesday, China`s Foreign Ministry said Hong Kong was halting criminal aid agreements, including extradition, and accused them of ”politicizing judicial cooperation.” Canada, Australia and Britain have cancelled extradition agreements with the semi-autonomous territory after Beijing passed a comprehensive national security law, which critics fear could be used against opponents of the government.