The Government of Japan today called China’s ratification of a controversial Hong Kong security law Tuesday “regrettable” and said it was following the issue “with great concern”,
The law, which will take effect on Wednesday, was ratified by the permanent committee of the National People’s Congress (ANP), according to local Hong Kong media. It includes penalties of up to life imprisonment for “acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and conspiracy with foreign forces to endanger national security.”
At his daily press conference, Japan’s Cabinet spokesperson minister, Yoshihide Suga, said that, if ratification is confirmed, it is “regrettable” that it was approved despite “strong concern” between the international community and the citizens of Hong Kong.
“For Japan it is important to have economic and personal exchanges with Hong Kong under the one country and two systems scheme,” added Suga, referring to the principles that apply to the former British colony.
Hong Kong, he added, “should maintain a free and open system at the discretion of one country and two systems, and develop democratically and with stability.”
Suga said the Shinzo Abe government was reviewing this issue “with great attention and concern” and had expressed its views to China “through various channels.”