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Pressuring Xi Jinping risks creating 'another Putin'

Excessive hectoring may force Chinese leader to take unrealistic hard-line stance

From left to right, U.S. President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.(Source photos by Reuters and TASS/Kyodo) 

TOKYO -- China's Communist Party rarely admits its mistakes, but reportedly there was a case in which the party internally acknowledged an error.

The case was China's ban on rare-earth exports to Japan. The ban followed an incident in September 2010 during which a Chinese fishing boat intentionally rammed two Japan Coast Guard patrol vessels in waters off the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan but claimed by China in the East China Sea.

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