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China: The weapon of history

Can China and Japan agree a peaceful balance of power without the US playing policeman?

The museum of the Nanking Massacre: in 1972, Chairman Mao joked that communism in China owed its rise to the Japanese invasion. © TPG/Contributor/Getty

Even though Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping have shaken hands in Beijing, the tensions in east Asia are far from resolved. Ostensibly the rows between China and Japan, as well as Japan and South Korea, are about territory, the Diaoyu/Senkaku and the Tokto/Takeshima…

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