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China-Japan -- the cold thaw

While Abe's ties with Trump are tense, Xi offers few acceptable alternatives

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A thaw of convenience? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 26 (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to Beijing for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping -- his first since taking office nearly six years ago -- was designed as a display of mutual respect, if not friendship.

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