PM Abe broaches concerns with Xi . . .
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised the issue of Hong Kong’s extradition bill with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 leaders’ summit on Friday. Abe emphasized the importance of a free and open Hong Kong and the importance of human rights, the rule of law, and other universal values. The move comes after protesters gathered in Osaka urging world leaders to discuss Hong Kong’s current situation.
From local to global attention . . .
Hong Kong activists have broadened their focus to include foreign governments. A crowdfunding campaign called ‘Save Hong Kong at G20’ was created, urging G20 leaders to encourage the Hong Kong government to withdraw the extradition bill, conduct an independent investigation into police brutality, and release all detained protesters. The campaign, which has raised C$919,000, was featured in more than 10 major international newspapers, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Japan Times, and The Globe and Mail in Canada.
Handover anniversary on the horizon . . .
As July 1 approaches, celebrations of the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China are expected to be scaled back. If Hong Kong’s political situation continues to raise concerns among residents, we may well see heightened emigration from the Special Administrative Region. Canadian cities such as Vancouver, with its close connections to Asia, are prime destinations for Hong Kong residents and have already seen an uptick in interest in sectors such as real estate.