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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their talks in the Russian port city of Vladivostok on Sept. 12.    © Kyodo
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Opting not to make his first visit to North Korea this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping instead flew further east to Vladivostok in Russia's Far East.

The Pacific port city of Vladivostok is located in a region that belonged to the Qing Dynasty until it was ceded to the Russian Empire under the 1860 Convention of Peking.

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