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Suga expresses regret over China’s passage of national security law for Hong Kong

  • June 30, 2020
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All networks covered reports by multiple Hong Kong media outlets that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress unanimously adopted this morning a national security law aimed at cracking down on anti-government activities in Hong Kong, saying that there is growing concern that the law will strengthen the Chinese government’s control in Hong Kong and undermine the “one nation, two systems” principle. The law is expected to go into effect on July 1 at 12 a.m. local time. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga reportedly told the press this morning that “it is regrettable that the law was enacted despite strong concerns expressed by the international community and the people of Hong Kong.” Suga reportedly criticized the move for undermining the international community’s confidence in the ‘”one nation, two systems” principle and stressed that Japan will continue to work closely with relevant nations and deal with the matter appropriately. He also reportedly stressed that Japan continues to value Hong Kong for maintaining a free and open system under the “one nation, two systems” principle and developing in a democratic and stable manner.

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