Japan's Suga opposes actions that boost tension in South China Sea

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a wreath laying ceremony at the mausoleum of Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 19, 2020. Luong Thai Linh/Pool via REUTERS

INDONESIA (Reuters) – Japan opposes any actions that escalate tension in the South China Sea, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday as he wrapped up a trip to Vietnam and Indonesia, and stressed the need for peaceful resolution of disputes.

Suga’s four-day visit to the two key Southeast Asian countries comes amid concerns about China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

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