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International relations

China's warmer feelings toward Japan go unrequited

Growing tourism gap symbolizes difficulties in building true friendship

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, meets with China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 23, 2019.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- 2020 will be a milestone year for Sino-Japanese relations as Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to visit Japan as a state guest this spring.

The two countries are considering having Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sign a new political document in Tokyo to define future bilateral ties.

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