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International relations

China state media stays quiet on Taiwan as Beijing seeks US dialogue

Climate talks and Communist Party anniversary higher on Xi's priority list

BEIJING -- Ambassador Hideo Tarumi, a veteran China hand, sat in the Japanese embassy in Beijing waiting for the call.

Japan and the U.S. had explicitly referred to Taiwan -- a diplomatic third rail for Beijing -- in a leader's summit statement for the first time in more than five decades. But the call to summon Tarumi never came.

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