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Japan, Australia express strong opposition to 'economic coercion'

Australia attended the G-7 summit as a guest country

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hold talks in Cornwall, England, on June 13, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office)   © Kyodo

CARBIS BAY, England (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Sunday expressed their strong opposition to "economic coercion," the Japanese Foreign Ministry said, in a veiled rebuke against China's assertive behavior in connection with trade with Australia.

The opposition came as China has imposed high tariffs on Australian barley following Morrison's call last year for an independent investigation into a source of the novel coronavirus that experts suspect to have originated in Wuhan, central China.

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