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Japan says it wants to take lead with G7 on Hong Kong security laws

Japan says it wants to take lead with G7 on Hong Kong security laws

Demonstrators protest against China’s national security legislation at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on May 29. | AP
BY JESSE JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that Japan hopes to “take the lead” in a Group of Seven statement on the turmoil in Hong Kong, where China has vowed to impose strict new security laws.

“Rightfully, the G7 bears the responsibility to lead global opinion,” Abe told lawmakers in the Diet. “That being said, Japan wants to take the lead in releasing a statement within the G7 (framework) about Hong Kong affairs based on the principle of ‘one country, two systems.’”

Later Wednesday, China said it ha

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