PM Lee: Japan needs 'trust and confidence' of neighbours

JAPAN should establish relations of "trust and confidence" with its neighbours in order to preserve stability in Asia, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in an interview published today by Japan's Nikkei newspaper on the eve of his visit to Tokyo, where he will be the keynote speaker in the Nikkei annual conference.

The prime minister rejected suggestions during the interview that the US presence in Asia is decreasing, while also acknowledging that China's presence in the region is growing. This will "call for shift and adjustment in the balance and in the relationship between China and America," he suggested.

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