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Singapore PM says Japan still has an important role in Asia and mending fences with China would help the cause.

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Japan needs to set long-term goals to normalise its relations with all its neighbours and at times move faster on regional cooperation if wants to tap Asia’s growing economic momentum, says Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. 

“Both Japan and Asean are significant players in their own right. If you maintain good relations with both sides (the United States and China) it would be of great help in maintaining stability in the region,” Mr Lee said last Thursday at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, co-sponsored by the Bangkok Post.

“The biggest factor in Asia’s success is China’s continuing progress. China is now the top trading partner of many Asian countries, including Japan. China has integrated remarkably well into the international system, given its size and impact.”

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