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Chinese President Xi Jinping was able to maneuver Vladimir Putin into publicly acknowledging China's "questions and concern" about Russia's war in Ukraine. (Source photos by Reuters)
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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.

In their first face-to-face meeting in seven months, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in an unusually humble manner.

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