Japan avoids criticizing China over Hong Kong student’s death ahead of planned Xi visit next year
Xi is scheduled to visit Japan as a state guest next spring. The Japanese government hopes to ensure that the visit goes ahead as smoothly as possible.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Friday reiterated Tokyo’s call for self-restraint and dialogue to peacefully resolve months of unrest in Hong Kong at an early date, following the death of the university student, who fell in a multistory parking garage during anti-government protests there.
“Self-control and peaceful dialogue are helpful. It wouldn’t be beneficial to say anything further,” Motegi said.
In a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang near Bangkok on Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the prosperity of a free and open Hong Kong is extremely important under the policy of “one country, two systems.”
Protesters say police fired tear gas to disperse them and the college student reportedly fell to the second from the third floor of the parking garage while trying to avoid it Monday.