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China watches 'new neighbor' Kishida with cautious optimism

New Japanese leader, unlike predecessors, signals intent to 'build' a stable relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. The Chinese leader has yet to make his first official visit to Japan.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Chinese President Xi Jinping opened his first phone call with new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday by citing an ancient Chinese writing.

"Good neighborliness is a treasure of a country," Xi said, borrowing from "The Commentary of Zuo."

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