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Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, in Beijing. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, left, and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Dec. 23, 2019 (pool photo by Noel Celis via AP Images).

Is Beijing’s Vice Grip on Hong Kong Jeopardizing Japan-China Relations?

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: In accordance with a recent change in policy by the Japanese government, WPR is changing its style to render Japanese names in English with the family name first. Hence, in this article and in others, the Japanese prime minister’s name will appear as Abe Shinzo, not Shinzo Abe.

Just over a week after China’s decision to impose a sweeping new security law on Hong Kong, the scale of the fallout is coming into full view. As WPR columnist Howard French wrote this week, “the law sharply curtails what was left of Hong Kong’s semiautonomous status, which was promised to last for 50 years after the city’s handover to China from Britain in 1997.” ...

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