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SHANGHAI (Kyodo) Japan should strengthen relations with China because ties with the United States have been strained over the relocation of the U.S. Futenma base in Okinawa, Kenji Yamaoka, Diet affairs chief of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said Monday.

“Japan-U.S. ties are strained. It is a realistic approach to first strengthen Japan-China ties and then resolve the problems with the United States,” Yamaoka said at a symposium in Shanghai.

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