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US-China tensions

China embarks on charm offensive toward Japanese companies

Amid tug of war with US, Beijing moves to secure supply chains

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to entrepreneurs at a meeting on July 21. (Xinhua photo via Chinese government website) 

BEIJING -- At a symposium with entrepreneurs in July, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the founder of Japanese electronics company Panasonic as a visionary alongside the likes of Thomas Edison.

"Konosuke Matsushita was not only an authority on management, but an authority on innovation," the leader said at the event in Beijing.

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