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Deep freeze to mild chill? China may tweak its hardline U.S. stance

Xi looks to avoid conflict amid sharper focus on domestic issues

China and the U.S. have been locked in a battle for supremacy for so long that a quick resolution is unlikely. (Source photos by Getty Images)

TOKYO -- Autumn is here. But even as temperatures cool in much of the Northern Hemisphere, a different change is afoot in geopolitics.

Sino-American relations are showing signs of life again after a long deep freeze. Not a full-blown warming, but stepped-up diplomatic maneuvering to gain the upper hand.

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