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Latest update : 2014-11-11

China's summit: Rival trade agreements underscore challenges in Pacific (part 2)

Could peace finally be breaking out between China and Japan? In Beijing on the sidelines of an APEC summit, the world has witnessed the first handshake between the leaders of the two countries since nationalist Shinzo Abe took the reins in Tokyo two years ago. It follows common efforts to diffuse the tension over disputed islands. Has the deadlock been broken? And if so, why? And just how much influence does US President Barack Obama hold in the region?

By François PICARD

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WU Fei

Professor of Journalism and Communication at Jinan University

Yuki TATSUMI

Senior associate of the East Asia Programme at the Stimson Center

Philippe DU FRESNAY

Economist and president of the INSEAD Competitive Intelligence Alumni Club

Jean-François SUSBIELLE

Professor at Sciences Po Paris and expert in geopolitics

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2017-11-15 Africa

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2017-11-09 Asia-pacific

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