China increasingly seen as antagonist in diplomatic talks around the world


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When the top diplomats of four major Asia-Pacific nations met in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Friday to discuss issues in the region, one had a direct message for the behemoth whose shadow loomed over the talk. China must “act under the international institutions, standards and laws” to avoid conflict, Yoshimasa Hayashi, the foreign minister of Japan, said on a public panel that included his counterparts from the United States, India and Australia. In a sign of the delicate balance they are trying to strike in relations with Beijing, the diplomats took pains to stress in their public...