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Suga gives Southeast Asia credible options besides China

Japan support crucial for a region struggling to counterbalance Beijing

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Yoshihide Suga, right, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a welcome ceremony in Hanoi, pictured on Oct. 19: Suga deftly built on the strategic momentum.   © Reuters

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of "The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy" and the "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

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