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China is paying close attention to moves by Japan’s new economic security minister — especially after the Oct. 31 general election — with the position expected to challenge threats posed by Beijing’s communist-led government.

The post was set up by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who took office on Oct. 4, as Sino-Japanese ties have soured over issues surrounding democratic Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province that must be unified with the mainland, by force if necessary.

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