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Singapore FM Discusses Burma in China, Japan


Singapore's foreign minister has held consultations in China and Japan about the political unrest in Burma.

Foreign Minister George Yeo met his Japanese counterpart, Masahiko Komura, in Tokyo Saturday, and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing Friday.

Yeo said Japan expressed its support of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation's approach to pursue a political resolution in Burma through diplomatic channels.

Singapore has said it seeks stability and a policy change in military-ruled Burma, not a regime change.

Chinese state media say its foreign minister told Yeo Beijing would work closely with ASEAN to assist U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari in his mission to Burma. Gambari is seeking regional support for peace in Burma.

Yeo traveled to Japan and China ahead of a series of ASEAN meetings Singapore will host next month.

The 10-nation grouping has been unusually critical of member Burma since the military government crushed pro-democracy demonstrations with deadly force last month.

A number of people were killed in the violence. Hundreds of activists, including Buddhist monks, were beaten and thousands were detained.

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