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US and China on cusp of new cold war, Abe deputy says

Japan's Aso also warns of digital yuan seeping into Belt and Road

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, seen here at a parliamentary seesion in November, expects tensions between the U.S. and China to persist even after U.S. President Donald Trump leaves office. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The U.S. and China are headed toward a cold war, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Monday, predicting that tensions between the two superpowers will persist even after President Donald Trump leaves office.

"Future historians will say that the Reiwa era" -- Japan's current Imperial era, which began in 2019 -- "was the beginning of a new cold war between the U.S. and China," Aso said at a meeting in Tokyo.

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