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Asia, Australia reach out to Belgium after attacks

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 01:34

Asia Pacific countries condemn the deadly bombings in Brussels even as Australia blames Europe's porous borders for the attacks. Yiming Woo reports.

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Leaders in Asia, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have condemned Tuesday's deadly attacks in Brussels that killed at least 30 people. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, ARRIVING TO TALK TO JOURNALISTS AND SAYING: "I am honestly in shock and very angry to hear of the multiple blasts in Brussels, Belgium, that have claimed so many victims. Whatever reasons they may have, terrorism can in no way be forgiven." Tokyo says two Japanese were among the 200 people injured in the suspected suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and a metro station. Islamic State has claimed responsibility. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, speaking at a regional meeting in Hainan, also expressed sympathy to the victims' families. In Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says countries need to have stronger border protection. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, MALCOLM TURNBULL SAYING: "But I can assure Australians that our security systems, our border protection, our domestic security arrangements, are much stronger than they are in Europe where regrettably they allowed things to slip, allowed security to slip and that weakness in European security is not unrelated to the problems they've been having in recent times." The attacks have sent authorities around the world racing to review security at airports as well as train and bus stations.

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Asia, Australia reach out to Belgium after attacks

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 01:34