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China unseats Japan as 'important partner' to top ASEAN poll

Belt and Road Initiative seen expanding Beijing's influence in region

China is seen as an important partner for the future by the largest share of respondents in a survey in Southeast Asia, knocking Japan from the top perch.   © AP

TOKYO -- China is seen as an important partner for the future by the largest share of respondents in a survey in Southeast Asia, knocking Japan from the top perch.

When asked which among the Group of 20 leading economies will be an "an important partner in the future," 48% chose China while 43% picked Japan. The results, released Wednesday, are a reversal of the 2019 poll, which placed Japan in the lead with 51% while China garnered 48%.

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