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Abe speaks with Australian leader over phone

All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Abe held a videoconference with his Australian counterpart Morrison yesterday and shared “grave concern” about the situation in Hong Kong following China’s passage of the national security law for the territory since it significantly undermines the “one-nation, two systems” principle and Hong Kong’s autonomy. They also voiced “strong opposition” to China’s unilateral attempts to alter the status quo in the South and East China Seas. During the 100-minute-long conversation, the two leaders reaffirmed bilateral cooperation for the development of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. The two premiers also agreed to examine the WHO’s initial response to the pandemic and to continue discussions on the signing of a “reciprocal access agreement” for their two militaries to deepen defense cooperation.

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