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Threat of Chinese sanctions tests Japan's resolve on Taiwan

Heavy price tag looms over Tokyo for its decision to stand with the US

Protesters march against Japan's decision to nationalize the Senkaku Islands, which are claimed by China as the Diaoyu, in September 2012. Japan's government and businesses could face renewed pushback over its latest leaders' statement with the U.S. on Taiwan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Four days after Japan and the U.S. issued a joint leaders' statement that mentioned Taiwan for the first time in 52 years, Chinese President Xi Jinping broke his silence at the Boao Forum for Asia on Tuesday, railing against what he saw as foreign meddling.

"Bossing others around or meddling in others' internal affairs would not get one any support," Xi said at his keynote speech for the event.

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