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Analysis: China's power struggles were ferocious in 1972 and remain so today

Normalization with Japan was risky for all the players involved

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

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.

The effort to normalize China-Japan diplomatic relations half a century ago was a highly risky move for the players involved, and for some it was not just their political careers but their very lives that were on the line.

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