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Remember all that talk just a few months back about how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, unlike former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, was embarked on a policy of reconciliation with China?

Well, you can forget that now. Indeed, you should have forgotten it then. Even before visiting Beijing in October in his alleged bid for improved relations, Abe was embarked on policies that should have done far more to antagonize Beijing than Koizumi’s heavily criticized visits to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine.

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