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US urges Japan, China to resolve differences through diplomacy

The US has urged Japan and China to resolve their differences through diplomacy as heightened tensions will not benefit either country.

SINGAPORE: The US has urged Japan and China to resolve their differences through diplomacy.

Just last week, the Japanese Prime Minister further raised tensions after he compared current Sino-Japanese relations with those of Britain and Germany in the lead up to World War One.

In an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, explained that these heightened tensions do not benefit any party.

He said: "I'm not going to get into historical comparisons but Japan and China are two of the world's largest economies. The global economy is so fragile and so important that it really can't afford a spike in tensions between these two important countries."

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