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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Nissan and Renault pause tug of war to shore up core markets

Naming Japanese automaker's next chairman takes back seat to steering out of slump

Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard, left, and Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa agreed to focus on strengthening an alliance strained by the removal of former leader Carlos Ghosn. (Photos by Maho Obata)

PARIS -- Nissan Motor and Renault leaders this week set aside their struggle for control over the alliance to deal with the more immediate problem of sluggish sales in China and the U.S., the world's largest auto markets.

New Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard met with Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa in Japan on Thursday and Friday to work on mending a relationship strained by the arrest of alliance linchpin Carlos Ghosn.

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