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Chinese political and military leaders attend a ceremony in Beijing on Friday marking the 80th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident.   © Xinhua/Kyodo

China softens rhetoric on historical disputes with Japan

Communist Party puts social calm first ahead of National Congress

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- China refrained from severely criticizing Japan during this year's commemoration of a key event leading to World War II, as President Xi Jinping looks to improve bilateral ties and keep social order ahead of a key leadership reshuffle happening this fall.

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