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Xi Jinping's answer to Japan's Fumio Kishida hosting a Quad summit was not as aggressive as Vladimir Putin would have liked. (Nikkei monatage/Getty Images/Hirofumi Yamamoto)
China up close

Analysis: China feels slight unease in intimidating Japan with Russia

Struggles in Ukraine make Beijing think twice about following Moscow's playbook

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

Since last year, China and Russia have been conducting joint military activities in the seas and in the airspace near Japan. On Sunday in Singapore, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi expressed grave concerns about the operations directly to his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe.

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