No breakthrough in two days of talks between U.S. and Chinese top diplomats in Alaska through Friday may herald a deterioration in Sino-Japanese relations, which had seen an improvement over the last few years.

The first high-level in-person meeting since the change in U.S. administration in January underscored the two major powers have been deeply divided over human rights and security issues, sparking speculation that a “new Cold War” would escalate ahead.

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