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China should consider how Japan built lasting regional partnerships

Beijing has a unique opportunity to act on issues of vital importance

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Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party in October 2017: Beijing seeks to reassert China's place after he talked of ending the nation's history of humiliation.   © Reuters

Tomoo Kikuchi is a professor at the department of economics, Korea University and an adjunct senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Yuexin Rachel Lin is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Exeter.

While COVID-19 has overshadowed 2020, the signing in November of the 15-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was one positive development.

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