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Russian President Vladimir Putin must be concerned that Chinese President Xi Jinping has demoted pro-Russia diplomat Le Yucheng. (Nikkei montage/AP/Reuters/Kyodo/Getty Images)
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Analysis: Russia hand's demotion signals shift in Xi's strategy

Le Yucheng was top candidate to be China's next foreign minister

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 demotion of Le Yucheng, China's first vice foreign minister, has sent shock waves through national political circles.

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