Date
23 September 2017
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Hong Kong's prosperity is vital to China and the rest of Asia including Japan. Photo: Bloomberg
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Hong Kong's prosperity is vital to China and the rest of Asia including Japan. Photo: Bloomberg

Japan hopes Hong Kong will keep free and open system

Japan hopes Hong Kong will maintain its open system and the close ties between the two sides will deepen, RTHK reported Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was commenting on China’s decision to effectively close the door to pro-democracy candidates in an election for Hong Kong’s next chief executive, the report quoted Japanese news agency Kyodo as saying.

Suga said Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability are vital to the prosperity and development of China and other parts of the Asia including Japan.

He said Japan hopes Hong Kong will maintain its free and open system under the “one-country, two-systems” principle.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party expressed regret at what he described as a setback in Hong Kong’s democratic progress, the report said.

“Beijing and Hong Kong authorities have failed to address the demand for reform from Hong Kong people and the official decision has dashed their hope for universal suffrage, which has cast a shadow on Hong Kong’s road to democracy,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.

Hong Kong people may take various ways to express their feelings and the party will support them, he said.

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