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Trade war

Japan treads carefully to avoid US-China trade war crossfire

Abe lobbies Trump to delay pact with Tokyo until fall

TOKYO -- Japan is calculating the possible implications of U.S. President Donald Trump's latest tariff hike threat on Chinese goods, fearing that pressure on Tokyo for a quick trade deal may mount if negotiations with Beijing collapse -- a scenario Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to avoid.

Trump has speculated that a Japan-U.S. trade deal could be reached on his May 25-28 trip to Japan, which will welcome him as its first foreign state guest of the Reiwa era.

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