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Xi Jinping succeeded in having Moon Jae-in endorse his vision of "a community with a shared future for humanity" but did not push the envelope with Shinzo Abe. (Nikkei Montage/Source photo by Reuters/ Kyodo) 
China up close

In 'Three Kingdoms' rivalry, China's waltz with Japan is temporary

Xi ready to step off dance floor when domestic politics dictate

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- In an exciting flurry of Asian diplomacy that also made clear the harsh reality of international politics, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited China this week.

Most symbolic was the venue for a trilateral meeting that was hosted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The city of Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, is widely known as the capital of the ancient kingdom of Shu, which alongside Wei and Wu constituted the Three Kingdoms that battled or sometimes formed alliances during the 3rd century.

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