Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party urges the government to cancel the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the country.
This move came after Beijing imposed the national security law in Hong Kong.
The Liberal Democratic Party in its resolution on July 6 expressed grave concerns regarding China’s aggressive move to Hong Kong.
Yasuhide Nakayama, party diplomatic chief, said Japan believes in the “principles of freedom, human rights, democracy.”
The party, he said, urges to cancel the state visit of President Xi Jinping.
President Xi’s visit was initially planned last Spring but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The security law passed in Hong Kong last July 1 drew concerns from the international community.
The controversial measure gravely penalizes individuals or organizations that may seem subversive or terrorist-like to the Chinese government.
Both the Hong Kong citizens and the global community fear this law undermines the city’s autonomy from the mainland and has a heavy on the citizen’s freedom of speech.
However, some officials asked the party to think through the enactment of the resolution. President spent eight years of his tenure trying to rekindle friendly relations with the said neighboring country.
The ties further deteriorated when Japan purchased part of a disputed island chain from a private owner in 2012.