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Inside Japanese politics

Xi's Japan trip unlikely this year as US-China tensions burn

Tokyo freezes preparations after Hong Kong bill poisons mood

The state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan was supposed to be a symbol of a new era in Sino-Japan relations. Now it is unclear when that visit will take place.   © Reuters

TOKYO/BEIJING -- The Japanese government has decided to halt preparations for a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping for the foreseeable future, all but confirming that the trip will not happen this year as originally planned.

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