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In search of a friend, China dials up pro-Japan rhetoric

Xi seeks support over outbreak but has not let up on Senkaku-area incursions

China appears eager to emphasize its friendship with Japan amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

BEIJING -- As China's rift with the West deepens amid the growing coronavirus outbreak, Beijing leaders are playing up bilateral ties with Japan in an apparent effort to ease its international isolation.

"As neighbors across a narrow sea, let's help each other in times of need," tweeted Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Japanese on Monday.

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