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Japan wants to take lead for G7 statement on Hong Kong

Japan wants to take the lead among Group of Seven nations on issuing a statement about the situation in Hong Kong. (AFP)
Japan wants to take the lead among Group of Seven nations on issuing a statement about the situation in Hong Kong. (AFP)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and Finance Minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bow during a budget committee session in the lower house at parliament in Tokyo, June 10. 2020. (File photo/AFP)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and Finance Minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bow during a budget committee session in the lower house at parliament in Tokyo, June 10. 2020. (File photo/AFP)
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10 Jun 2020 03:06:47 GMT9
10 Jun 2020 03:06:47 GMT9

Japan wants to take the lead among Group of Seven nations on issuing a statement about the situation in Hong Kong, where China has imposed a new security law, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.

"Obviously, we acknowledge the G7 has a mission to lead the global public opinion and Japan wants to take a lead in issuing a statement based on 'one nation, two systems' in Hong Kong," Abe told parliament.

Japan had already issued an statement independently expressing serious concern about Beijing's move on May 28, the day

China passed the law, and called in the Chinese ambassador to convey its view.

Tokyo is in a sensitive situation regarding U.S.-China tensions over Hong Kong, as it plans for a state visit by Chinese

President Xi Jinping, originally set for April but postponed over the coronavirus.

Reuters

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