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Emperor Akihito meets with U.S. President Donald Trump at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6.

Xi Jinping's eyes were fixed on Trump's visit to emperor

Chinese leader may choose to visit Japan before the abdication

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- In China, a pair of eyes might have been aching to take a peek at Donald Trump last week while the U.S. president was meeting with Japanese Emperor Akihito -- those of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on the morning of Nov. 6 greeted Trump and his wife, Melania, at the entrance of their residence inside the Imperial Palace. Trump was making his first visit to Japan since taking office in January.

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