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Japan should be open to China joining the CPTPP

Beijing's application is a one-off opportunity for Tokyo to exert influence

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Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters in Tokyo on March 23: Balancing economic and security interests amid U.S.-China competition will be Kishida's most important foreign policy task.   © Kyodo

Professor Wang Huiyao is founder and president of the Center for China & Globalization and dean of the Institute of Development Studies at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu.

In 2012, two U.S. analysts penned an article in Foreign Policy headlined "A Tale of Two Asias," describing the continent's contrasting Jekyll and Hyde sides.

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