FOCUS: Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan may prompt China to value Japan

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The Taliban's rapid return to power in Afghanistan 20 years after it was toppled by the United States may prompt China to put more emphasis on relations with Japan, which have been frayed by several issues, including Xinjiang and Taiwan. China has been trying to cozy up to the Islamist group, as it has been keen to prevent the Taliban's takeover from cheering on separatist forces in its mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang that shares a border with Afghanistan. The leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping has also been attempting to bolster its clout in Afghanistan to push ahead with its cherish...

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