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China-Japan meeting of minds still some way off

Bilateral ties may be warming but ideological differences, security issues stand in the way

For all the talk about free trade and economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, there is still one big missing link: China and Japan.

Mizuho Research Institute economist Junichi Sugawara said the world's second and third largest economies have not sealed any free trade deal - either bilateral or multilateral - between them and that there are ideological issues that set them apart.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2018, with the headline 'China-Japan meeting of minds still some way off'. Print Edition | Subscribe