japan avoids signing us britain statement criticising chinas security law in hong kong - Japan avoids signing US-Britain statement criticising China's security law in Hong Kong

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – Japan has refrained from joining countries, including the US and Britain, in coordinated criticism of China’s move to impose a national security law in Hong Kong, Kyodo reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Japan decided not to be a signatory to the countries’ joint statement on the proposed law as Tokyo tries to improve its diplomatic relations with China, Kyodo reported.

The Japanese government wants to avoid creating friction with China ahead of a planned state visit by President Xi Jinping, but its reluctance to criticise Beijing could disappoint the United States and European countries, Kyodo said.

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