Hong Kong’s No 2 official has failed to win over a leading international business chamber after a meeting over the controversial extradition bill, with officials facing yet another wave of questions. A statement by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) on Thursday revealed a lack of progress in talks a day earlier with Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, who sought to allay fears from the business sector. The government is pushing for legislative amendments which would allow the transfer of fugitives in Hong Kong to places with which the city has no extradition deal, including mainland China. “AmCham feels that there are too many uncertainties in fundamental sections of the proposed legislation that must be addressed and explained to the broader Hong Kong community, before tabling the bill for passage by the Legislative Council,” the statement read. “Hong Kong is not ready to see this bill passed, and we do not see why it should be rushed through when the loophole it seeks to address has existed for 20 years.” Hong Kong is not ready to see this bill passed AmCham It was referring to the lack of such an agreement between Hong Kong and the mainland since the city’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. The contentious bill has faced strong opposition, with concern being that Beijing would use the new law to target political opponents, or that suspects would not be given fair trials on the mainland. Business leaders fear the legislation could affect the city’s international reputation as a finance hub. They have earlier doubled down on their stance even after the government said it would wipe nine economic offences from a list of extraditable offences to make the bill more palatable. AmCham still has concerns about extradition bill, despite bid to water it down AmCham also sent Cheung eight questions related to the bill following Wednesday’s meeting, including pressing the government on how it planned to address concerns from foreign diplomats in Hong Kong, and how it would ensure that the requesting jurisdictions could guarantee a fair trial. Last Friday, the European Union’s office in Hong Kong issued the government a formal note about its stance against the bill, but Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor hit back at diplomats, saying they could not pinpoint concerns. AmCham also questioned the government on its reply to a recent US-China Economic and Security Review Commission report. Local authorities had claimed that the new law would give the city a reputation for fighting crimes. Carrie Lam hits back after EU protest against extradition bill “Why would Hong Kong want to risk its reputation for the rule of law to gain this new reputation of ‘combating crimes’ with the city’s relatively low crime rate?” the chamber asked. AmCham was the first international chamber in Hong Kong to raise concerns over the extradition plan. In its March statement, it warned that the arrangement would damage the city’s safe reputation for business.