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China up close

Analysis: China's Li Qiang orchestrates warm welcome for Hayashi

New premier needs better relations with Japan to reignite the economy

From left: Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, diplomat Wang Yi, Premier Li Qiang and Foreign Minister Qin Gang. (Source photos by Xinhua/AP, Kyodo and Reuters)

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff 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.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi's trip to China over the weekend -- the first such visit in three years -- did not produce many happy photos.

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