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Japan Holding Back from Strong Comments on Hong Kong

Japan Holding Back from Strong Comments on Hong Kong

   Tokyo, June 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan is holding back from making strong comments while closely watching developments over a proposed law revision in Hong Kong to allow extraditions to mainland China.
   The government is "paying attention" to Wednesday's clashes between demonstrators and police officers in Hong Kong "with interest," a senior official at the prime minister's office said. But the official refrained from further comment.
   "We hope that Hong Kong will maintain the current free and open system and strongly develop democratically under the 'one country, two systems' mode of governance," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference, held before the clashes.
   The United States has expressed concern over the proposed revision, while Suga continued to use indirect expressions.
   Japan seems reluctant to worsen its ties with China ahead of the Group of 20 summit in the western city of Osaka later this month.

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