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International relations

Japan trades words with China over Uyghurs and Hong Kong

Chinese foreign minister Wang says world's No. 2 and 3 economies need to cooperate

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, spoke on the phone for roughly 90 minutes with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on April 5.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan has "serious concerns" over China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims and Hong Kong, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in a telephone call on Monday.

Motegi urged the Chinese side to take specific actions on the two matters, according to a readout from Japan's foreign ministry. In response, Wang said China opposes "interference in its internal affairs," according to a news release by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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