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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Accuses China of “Economic Coercion” Abroad, Promises New Measures to Counter Beijing in Asia

File image of U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emmanuel, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. Image via @USAmbJapan.

The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emmanuel, issued fresh accusations against China’s international engagement, saying in an interview with the Associated Press that Beijing practices “economic coercion”:

“From intellectual property theft to coercion to debt dependency that China creates, the idea that they could actually honestly say, ‘We don’t coerce,’ and then you have not one, not two, not three – many worldwide examples where they use their economic market access to force a political change in a country … I think everybody’s woken up to that.” 

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