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Fear of Trump helps bring rivals China and Japan closer together

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi.

When Shinzo Abe took office six years ago, it would have been unthinkable for China's leaders to roll out the red carpet for him. The Japanese prime minister can thank U.S. President Donald Trump for the turnaround.

Abe heads to Beijing this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a peace-and-friendship treaty between the Asian powerhouses, which have a long history of bad blood due in part to Japan's colonial invasions of China and atrocities committed during World War II. He'll meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday as part of the first bilateral visit by a Japanese leader in seven years...

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