Statement on the Situation surrounding Hong Kong
(Statement by Press Secretary YOSHIDA Tomoyuki)
March 11, 2021
- Japan’s grave concern is intensifying over the decision made by China’s National People’s Congress to change the electoral system in Hong Kong following a series of arrests and prosecutions of a number of pro-democracy politicians and activists since the enactment of the national security law last June.
- In particular, the decision this time will further undermine the confidence in the ‘One Country Two System’ framework as provided for in the Hong Kong Basic Law and the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration which have been the cornerstone of Hong Kong’s prosperity, and also represents a major setback for the high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong. Japan cannot overlook this.
- It is the long-standing position of Japan to attach great importance to upholding a free and open system which Hong Kong has been enjoying and the democratic and stable development of Hong Kong under the ‘One Country Two System’ framework.
- Japan calls on China to hold relevant elections in Hong Kong in a fair manner that are open to candidates representing a wide range of political opinions. Japan has conveyed such views to China and will continue to cooperate with the international community in urging China to take concrete actions.