Japan hopes Hong Kong will maintain stability

TOKYO, Japan said Thursday it remains extremely concerned over the situation in Hong Kong, a day after US President Donald Trump signed a new bill showing support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters.

“The government will refrain from commenting on moves of parliaments in other countries,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference. But Suga added, “We are still deeply concerned about the recent situation in Hong Kong, and will be in close communication with the US, our ally, on the issue.

“Japan calls on parties concerned to seek a solution through restraint and peaceful talks. We strongly hope that the situation in Hong Kong will be resolved soon and its stability will be maintained under the “one country, two systems’ principle,” the top government spokesman said. Suga made remarks after Trump on Wednesday signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, which authorizes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in the city.

Meanwhile, Suga hinted that the recent situation in Hong Kong will have no impact on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan next spring.

Source: Kuwait News Agency