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Japan hails US engagement in Myanmar

TOKYO, Nov 7 (AFP) - Japan's new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Saturday hailed Washington's latest efforts to engage Myanmar as beneficial for the entire Mekong region.

"America's greater interest in Myanmar... will benefit the Mekong region as a whole," Hatoyama told a news conference after talks with the leaders of Southeast Asia's five Mekong River nations, including Myanmar.

"America is gaining greater interest in the region and we welcome it."

The administration of US President Barack Obama has recently changed its policy on Myanmar, saying it would push for engagement with the military regime because sanctions on their own had failed to bear fruit.

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and his deputy Scot Marciel held rare meetings with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and premier Thein Sein on a two-day visit ending Wednesday.

Japan has maintained trade and dialogue with Myanmar, warning a hard line on Myanmar would push the junta closer to neighbouring China, its main political supporter and commercial partner.

MySinchew 2009.11.07

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