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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews the honour guard at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo in September 2017.   © Reuters
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Beijing sweats over date of Shinzo Abe visit

Why Oct. 23 was too risky for Xi to green light

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- In an episode that illustrates the sensitive nature of Sino-Japan relations, Tokyo and Beijing seem to be pulling their punches over the itinerary of Shinzo Abe's official China visit, the first by a Japanese prime minister in seven years.

Nearly a month ago, the governments had agreed Abe would arrive in Beijing on Oct. 23 for a three-day visit. During his stay, Abe would tour Shenzhen, China's tech hub and the home of Huawei Technologies and Tencent Holdings.

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