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Xi Jinping has a political battle plan for Taiwan that became clearer in July when Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki, right, met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/Yusuke Hinata)
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Analysis: Why China rolled out the red carpet for Okinawa governor

Xi Jinping puts Japanese islands in play to maneuver for Taiwan

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.

It was July 5 in Beijing and Chinese Premier Li Qiang was meeting with a delegation from Japan led by a former speaker of Japan's House of Representatives who has also served as minister of foreign affairs.

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