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G-7 should form united front versus China: ex-U.S. trade official

Michael Beeman sees the group discussing trade sanctions that align with the U.S.

"The G-7 is the best forum for discussion," Michael Beeman told Nikkei, stressing that member nations should work together to address export curbs and other measures.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- An economic response toward China will be a leading agenda item for the Group of Seven major economies this year, Michael Beeman, who served as assistant U.S. trade representative for Japan, South Korea and APEC affairs until January, told Nikkei.

"It is important to agree on the most pressing issues, which will send a message to the rest of the world," said Beeman, now a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

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