From left, Hong Kong Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, Chief Executive Carrie Lam and permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Roy Tang attend a press conference on the Hong Kong electoral system reform in Hong Kong, Tuesday. Photo: AP

Japan slams China's changes to Hong Kong elections


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What on earth has it got to do with us?

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"Hong Kong has enjoyed prosperity brought about by a free and open system where diverse opinions are respected under the 'one country, two systems' framework" laid out in the 1984 Sino-British joint declaration that cleared the way for the former British colony's return to Chinese rule in 1997, Kato said.

Yes of course LDP Japan you are the expert.

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Japan is hardly the only country concerned about China's actions, but then it was hardly unexpected. Anyone who supports totalitarianism deserves to live under it.

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"This represents a major setback for the high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong. Japan cannot overlook this," he said, adding Tokyo had directly relayed its concerns to Beijing.

Japan cannot overlook it, and therefore needs to do more than making statements about it. If Japan truly opposes this as strongly as they claim, they need to take actions of consequence. Japan (and the rest of the world, frankly) need to stop being afraid of angering China and work together to fight against injustices. It might result in tension. It might result in economic and trade troubles. But again - how serious as you about these condemnations?

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It defies logic that a body of lawmakers govern a city they don't even live in. Why would they care? It's not as if they're affected by any changes they do. Boycott China!

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Japan Slams? Me thinks the title of the article is a bit overstated. Japan has not and cannot slam anything, it's just not in the DNA. If anyone needs slamming now it's the junta in Myanmar but no slamming from Japan.

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China being China.

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"Japan expresses forgettable disapproval of China's changes to Hong Kong elections"

Not quite as dramatic, but more accurate.

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Slam’ is ‘safer’ than using ‘*criticize, censure, denounce, condemn or, lambast**” @Seth 4:10p*

Like many things here, always ‘safe’ but ineffectual. - Sorry, Hong Kong.

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If you really want to slam it to the CCP, actually occupy the Sekakus and build military bases, deep dredge harbors and puts lots of resorts and Izakaya.

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Just write it off the balance books. Although main Hong Kong was British, per Nanjing contract, it is in fact and UN resolution backed now China’s (Hong Kong’s new territories had to be given back 1997 also) and it won’t become better until 2047 either, in contrary. There’s simply not so much to do about it anymore.

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Anyone who supports totalitarianism deserves to live under it.

Indeed...just like our almost unbroken 75 year old LDP rule.

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Good on Japan for standing up for democracy and the poor, oppressed Hong Kongers. Overto you, Western nations.

Everyone who does not oppose the PRC, and support freedom-loving Hong Kongers and their LEGAL high degree of autonomy until 2047, supports Communist dictatorships. Simple as that.

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[ Anyone who supports totalitarianism deserves to live under it.

Indeed...just like our almost unbroken 75 year old LDP rule. ]


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Overto you, Western nations.

What does this even mean?

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Tokyo practicin toothless, lame carrot and stick move vs China.

What with such obvious fancy news headlines?

Japan slams China's changes to Hong Kong elections

Toyota to form joint venture in China for fuel-cell vehicles

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These "changes" to Hong Kong's elections are in fact an end to Hong Kong's elections and the establishing of a well choreographed event that will happen every few years with a predictable outcome always with the same ending.

A true election has at its core the ability for an unexpected outcome and for an opposition party to become elected leading to policy direction changes and new differing policies being enacted.

Hong Kong now has no elections just CCP approved appointments.

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But remained silent for over 100 years when it was a British colony and had NO democracy at all.....

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