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China's summit: Rival trade agreements underscore challenges in Pacific

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?

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