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Kishida says Japan fully supports new Myanmar government

  • May 4, 2016
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Mainichi and most other papers ran front- or inside-page reports on Foreign Minister Kishida’s meeting with his Myanmar counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw on Tuesday, during which he expressed Japan’s full support for the new Myanmar government’s efforts to develop the nation’s economy and promote democratization. Aung San Suu Kyi responded positively to Kishida’s invitation to visit Japan at an early date. Kishida is the first Japanese cabinet minister to meet Aung San Suu Kyi since the launch of the new administration in Myanmar in March.


Asahi wrote that Kishida’s visit to the country was arranged to counter China’s proactive approach to the new Myanmar government, including Foreign Minister Wang’s meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi on April 5, only a week after the launch of the new administration, and that Myanmar places importance on its relations with China for its economic development and dealing with ethnic minorities. Mainichi wrote that China is launching a diplomatic offensive on Myanmar out of concern that the nation’s new government will act in concert with the U.S. and Japan.

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