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China resumes economic talks with Japan as global trade fears flare

First high-level dialogue between nations in eight years

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Xi's photo from AP)

TOKYO -- In resuming long-dormant economic talks with Japan, China appears to be seeking leverage with the U.S. as tensions flare over trade and Washington grabs the lead on diplomacy with North Korea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Japan on Sunday, and he will hold a high-level economic dialogue with Japanese officials on Monday -- the first between the countries in eight years.

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