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Japan and China have 'different economic visions despite common free trade goal'

TOKYO - 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 pointed out that 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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