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Japan ready to freeze all Myanmar development aid: Motegi

Leading ODA provider seeks leverage for dialogue with military

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says the Group of Seven will now put up a "united front" against Chinese unilateralism. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- Japan will consider cutting off all official development assistance to Myanmar, even for ongoing projects, if the situation there does not improve, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told Nikkei.

"We don't want to do that at all, but we have to state firmly that it will be difficult to continue under these circumstances," Motegi said. "As a country that supported Myanmar's democratization in various ways, and as a friend, we must represent the international community and convey that clearly."

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