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Abe, Motegi, Suga express concern about Hong Kong in talks with Chinese foreign minister

  • November 26, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Yomiuri wrote that in separate meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday in Tokyo, Prime Minister Abe, Foreign Minister Motegi, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga all brought up the situation in Hong Kong and expressed Japan’s concern. According to the paper, Abe told Wang it is important for a free and open Hong Kong to flourish under the “one country, two systems” principle. Nikkei said Wang told reporters afterward that any attempts to undermine the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong would fail and that Hong Kong is Chinese territory.

 

Yomiuri wrote Motegi reportedly told his Chinese counterpart he hopes the situation in Hong Kong will calm down as soon as possible in a peaceful manner. Mainichi and Nikkei said Motegi told Wang Japan is very concerned about the situation in Hong Kong, but Wang reiterated Beijing’s position that Hong Kong is a domestic Chinese issue. Sankei added Suga told reporters on Monday Japan will closely watch the situation in Hong Kong. He also said Hong Kong is a critically important partner for Japan in terms of economic relations and people-to-people exchanges and it is important for a free and open Hong Kong to flourish under the “one country, two systems” principle.

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