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Asia needs its own Group of Seven

Despite deep differences, Abe, Xi and Moon can lead the way

| China

Shinzo Abe finally has Xi Jinping's number -- literally. In the days before Wednesday's trilateral summit, Japan's prime minister got on the phone with China's president for the very first time. "This means Japan-China relations are really improving," Abe told reporters in what may be among the understatements of the year.

Kim Jong Un may or may not meet U.S. President Donald Trump, but the North Korean leader's charm offensive has already achieved something extraordinary: given the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea a reason to join hands. Only time will tell if their talks on May 9 paved the way for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. And it's important to temper optimism. The odds of Kim's regime abandoning its nuclear arsenal are minuscule.

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