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Back in 1964, just before the first Tokyo Olympics, Mao Zedong came out in support of Japan over its territorial dispute with the Soviet Union. Now Xi Jinping sees few benefits to siding with Tokyo. (Source photos by AP, Reuters and Kyodo) 
China up close

Analysis: Like '64, China enters Japan-Russia row at Tokyo Games

Beijing signals subtle shift away from Mao's policy on territorial dispute

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 -- China does not relax its diplomatic muscles even during the celebratory mood of the Tokyo Olympics.

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