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The 1972 meeting between Mao Zedong and U.S. President Richard Nixon kicked off the process for normalizing relations between the U.S. and China and reshaped global politics. (Source photos by AP and Xinhua/Kyodo)
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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 -- The Summer Olympics in Tokyo officially kick off Friday, but the intersection of global sport and politics already is shifting to the 2022 Winter Games, set for Beijing in February.

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