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Beijing Diary: On Hong Kong, Premier Li is a man of few words

The Chinese government is battling to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected tens of thousands and killed more than 4,000 people, while spreading worldwide. Nikkei’s bureau chief in China, Tetsushi Takahashi, is on the ground in the capital and is filing dispatches on what he sees.

Friday, May 29

The delayed annual session of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, ended on Thursday. The decision that drew the most international attention came on the last day, when the congress voted to establish a national security law for Hong Kong to ban dissident activity.

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Abe’s right-hand man wants a Japan less reliant on China

TOKYO — The coronavirus pandemic has taught Japan a crucial lesson on the perils of relying too much on China for key supplies from masks to car parts, says Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

That is why the country earmarked more than 240 billion yen ($2.2 billion) in an emergency economic package this month to assist domestic companies in moving production back home or diversifying production bases into Southeast Asia.

The move has raised eyebrows in Beijing, which had been hoping for renewed ties with Japan on the occasion of President Xi Jinping’s maiden visit, which was scheduled for this

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