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China detains Japanese nationals as diplomatic card

  • May 25, 2017
  • , Sankei
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In a prominent lead article, Sankei took up the recent detention of six Japanese citizens on espionage allegations in two different locations in China, conjecturing that the Chinese government took them into custody to use as a diplomatic card to hold Japan in check ahead of the Communist Party convention in the fall. The paper noted that the Chinese are keen to prevent Japan from enhancing the security alliance with the U.S. and taking additional steps to cement ties with Taiwan. 

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