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Japanese government split over China policy

Faction focused on economic ties pitted against camp anxious about security

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Secretary General of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on May 16th.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- While tensions mount in East Asia over North Korea's arms program, a rift is emerging among Japanese policymakers over how Japan should deal with China, the leading economic and diplomatic player in the region.

Two factions in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration are vying for leadership over this issue.

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