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International relations

Japan-China rapprochement so near, yet so far

Talk of summit and warmer ties belies the frost beneath

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping appear less than thrilled to meet at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 8.   © Kyodo

Donald Trump's election as U.S. president and his erratic performance in office have ricocheted around the world in multiple ways during his brief time in power. Asian countries are regrouping on trade after Trump led the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the European Union and China are bonding on global warming in the wake of his exit from the Paris climate deal; and Germany has found itself improbably hailed as the world's leading, and most stable, democracy.

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