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International relations

China's rise forges new bond between Japan and Five Eyes

Intelligence sharing and TPP membership seen as next steps in weaving relationship

The Black Hornet 2 remotely piloted aircraft system, controlled by a member of the U.K.'s Royal Marines: The pocket-sized, camera-equipped drone is a reconnaissance tool for militaries and law enforcement.   © Crown copyright (2017)

NEW YORK/TOKYO -- Just five years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping was digging into a basket of fish and chips and enjoying a pint of beer with then-U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at the latter's "local" near his countryside residence of Chequers. Along with the iconic images from England came the announcement of a new "golden era" of Sino-British ties.

Xi was also expected to make his first visit to Japan as a state guest this April, while the famed cherry blossoms were in full bloom, before COVID-19 disrupted plans.

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