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International relations

Japan and China try new approach to friendship, 40 years on

Abe faces diplomatic tests as he breaks from US-led policies

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping are exploring a more amicable approach to bilateral ties.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Forty years since signing a treaty of peace and friendship that promised mutual non-aggression, Japan and China are starting to explore a more nuanced diplomatic relationship that better suits the new realities of the region and the world but could also shake up the existing regional security structure.

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