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G-7 concerned about China's 'coercive' economic policies: statement

Foreign Ministers talked with ASEAN, Australia, South Korea and India over policy on China

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly checks her documents as British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss hosts a plenary session of the G7 summit of foreign and development ministers in Liverpool, Britain Dec.12.    © Reuters

LIVERPOOL, England (Kyodo) -- The Group of Seven foreign ministers expressed concern Sunday about China's "coercive" economic policies in what critics call "debt-trap" diplomacy toward developing countries, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said.

The ministers also discussed "the situations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang," where Beijing has been accused of human rights abuses, and the "importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," according to a statement issued by Britain, the G-7 chair, after their two-day talks in Liverpool, England.

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