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International relations

No compromise: How a decade-old clash points to China today

After Senkaku boat collision, Japan sought a solution, but Beijing held firm

A Chinese trawler rammed into a Japan Coast Guard vessel near the Senkaku Islands in 2010.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- As Japan finds itself in the middle of Washington and Beijing's feud, a lesson it learned 10 years ago about China may give a glimpse of diplomatic hurdles coming in the near future.

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