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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

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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. Subscribe