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Leaders of the Quad from left: U.S. President Donald Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Source photos by Reuters)
China up close

Analysis: With eye on 'Quad,' China steps up Japan courtship

Xi's 'dual-circulation' economic model needs a stable supply chain with neighbor

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He has 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 -- When the much-anticipated first phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took place on Friday, the absence of one major issue made the headlines: Xi's visit to Japan as a state guest.

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