Demonstrators march holding their phones with flashlights on during a protest to mark the first anniversary of a mass rally against the now-withdrawn extradition bill, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2020. [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Japan has said it wants to take the lead in any G7 statement on Hong Kong amid heightened tensions and fresh protests in the city, where China plans to impose a national security law ostensibly banning subversion and foreign interference. 

“Obviously, we acknowledge the G7 has a mission to lead the global public opinion, and Japan wants to take a lead in issuing a statement based on ‘one nation, two systems’ in Hong Kong,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament on Wednesday.


The comment came as Hong

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