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China's famed face-changing performers may offer guidance to diplomats adjusting to an ever-changing world. This actor demonstrated the ancient art during a Sichuan Opera show.   © Reuters
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China and Japan inch closer for insurance against Hurricane Trump

Asia's two biggest economies accelerate diplomacy but produce few results

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Winter is over for the Sino-Japanese relationship, as ties warm by the day.

Earlier this week, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi greeted his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, in Beijing with a broad smile, something he had not previously flashed to Japanese officials. China had maintained a hard line on Japan since September 2012, when a wave of anti-Japanese demonstrations swept the country.

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