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The comments by Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu, left, are thought to represent the views of the Central Military Commission led by President Xi Jinping. (Nikkei montage/Kyodo/Yusuke Hinata)
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Analysis: Chinese general signals new strategy with Senkaku remarks

Ties with Japan are not all about islands, defense minister says

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

When China's military leaders speak at diplomatic events, they usually take a hard line. They typically do not signal a new trend in Beijing's foreign policy.

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