At odds: China, Japan and South Korea
- at odds 背道而驰
The leaders of East Asia’s largest economies hope to improve ties in Tokyo today.
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But their first summit since 2015 could be choppy.
- choppy 波涛汹涌的
The host, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s hawkish prime minister, wants a united front on North Korea, maintaining “maximum pressure” on the Stalinist state until it reins in its nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programmes, and returns Japanese nationals abducted decades ago.
- Stalinist state 个人崇拜统治
- rein in 控制，约束（源自拉紧马的缰绳
- nationals 国民
- abduct 劫持
Li Keqiang, China’s prime minister, may resist; Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s dictator, was in Beijing just yesterday trying to thaw relations.
- thaw （敌对国家之间）关系缓和
Instead Mr Li’s focus is on normalising relations with Japan after years of bickering.
- bickering 发生口角
Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, fresh from his own meeting with Mr Kim, will also want to avoid sending mixed signals to the North.
- fresh from 刚从...出来
Mr Abe must fear he will remain sidelined by the speed of developments on the Korean peninsula.
- sideline 边缘化
Time is short for him to reassert Japan’s priorities before President Donald Trump and Mr Kim meet.
- reassert 重申