Japan may cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit amid protests over Hong Kong law
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may cancel Chinese president Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan after protests from his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, according to a media report. The Chinese president was scheduled to visit Japan in April this year but the visit was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As per the report published in The Hindustan Times, "Tensions have been simmering between China and Japan for some time but the latest provocation for LDP lawmakers to formally ask the government to reconsider Xi’s visit is China’s imposition of the national security law over Hong Kong."
This would have been the first visit by a Chinese President in more than a decade. The Japanese lawmakers have reportedly expressed their deep concerns over the rights of Japanese people and companies in Hong Kong after China passed the controversial National Security Law.
The lawmakers have formally asked PM Abe to reconsider allowing Chinese president into the country. If the visit is cancelled, experts believe, it would bring a new low in the Sino-Japanese ties.
China's assault to Hong Kong's autonomy
On Tuesday, passed the controversial National Security Law, which criminalises any act of secession, subversion, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces. The law is seen by activists as an assault on Hong Kong's autonomy.
Hong Kong activists believe the new law threatens the identity of the autonomous city. They say that the national security law will snatch away Hong Kong's judicial independence and its unique freedom.
Hong Kong was under British control until 1997 when China was given control of the city but with a unique agreement. As per the agreement, unlike mainland China, Hong Kong will get several freedoms.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma