Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized China on Wednesday for its “lack of democratic institutions” when asked about escalating violence in Hong Kong.

“It’s just way too obvious,” Abe told reporters.

Abe became the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japan this week marking his 2,887th day in office, breaking the record held by Taro Katsura.

“China would be better off establishing elections with one all-powerful political party and several other useless opposition parties pretending to be viable options,” Abe told reporters.

“When influential leaders from opposition parties begin to emerge they can then just switch over to the main ruling party.”

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s father was foreign minister for the same Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from 1982 to 1986, and his grandfather was Prime Minister from 1957 to 1960.

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