Kono Urges Dialogue To End Hong Kong Protests

Kono urges dialogue to end Hong Kong protests

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged parties involved in the Hong Kong protests to exercise restraint and resolve their differences peacefully through dialogue.

It's been three months since massive demonstrations began in Hong Kong to protest a bill that would enable suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.

Protests have continued even after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of the bill last week.

Kono told reporters on Tuesday that there are more than 25,000 Japanese nationals living and doing business in Hong Kong, and their safety must be ensured.

Kono said economic prosperity of Hong Kong under the "one country, two systems" framework is crucial not only for China but for the entire region.