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Thursday's meeting in Alaska will bring together, from left, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, top diplomat Yang Jiechi, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Beijing looks to portray the meeting as a strategic dialogue reducing tensions between the two countries. (Source photos by AP, Getty Images and Reuters) 
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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 is the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize for international reporting.

TOKYO -- In 2017, President Xi Jinping called Alaska a "Shangri-La" for China when he stopped there while returning home from a meeting with President Donald Trump, former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker told Chinese state TV station CGTN in a recent interview.

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