Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying refused to be drawn on the specifics of how an extradition battle would be dealt with between Beijing and Hong Kong.
However, she took the chance to respond to claims made by Edward Snowden; that China was targeted by the NSA spying programme.
She told reporters "...as we have repeatedly said China is one of the major victims" [of cyber attacks], adding that China was "opposed to all forms of cyber and hacker attacks".
"It's like a thief shouting stop thief," that's how a leading Chinese expert described the fallout from the NSA spying revelations.
The revelation of the Prism intelligence-gathering program will undermine the US' moral authority to deal with China over cyber espionage.
America's top intelligence official has called Edward Snowden's actions a "violation of sacred trust."