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International relations

Japan focuses China diplomacy on Xi in top-down shift

International forums offer chance for first in-person summit in 3 years

While Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, is expected to become China's chief diplomat, Japan will focus on top-level talks with President Xi Jinping, left.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is reorienting its diplomatic approach toward China to focus on direct communication with President Xi Jinping after the Chinese leader secured a third term at the helm.

As Xi continues to consolidate power, top-level relations will be increasingly important, particularly with the hawkish Wang Yi expected to lead China's foreign policy. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has emphasized building a "constructive and stable" relationship with Beijing.

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