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Myanmar Crisis

Japan slow to join global chorus denouncing Myanmar coup

PM Suga conspicuously silent as Quad leaders speak out

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi: The leaders aim to advance democratic ideals in the Indo-Pacific through the Quad framework with the U.S. (Source photos by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's delay in addressing the apparent coup in Myanmar has stood out as key leaders across the Indo-Pacific and the West speak out against the military power grab in the Southeast Asian nation.

Myanmar's military detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other high-profile leaders, ostensibly over flaws in the country's November election. The shake-up comes as the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden feels out its global partnerships, including the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue -- a coalition of like-minded countries in the Indo-Pacific, designed to counter China's growing clout across Asia.

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