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China denies mixing business with politics, yet it has long used trade to punish countries that refuse to toe its line.A more famous case was China's trade reprisals against Norway, after the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. As a result, Norwegian salmon exports to China collapsed.In 2012, after China's sovereignty dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands (which the Japanese first controlled in 1895) flared anew, China once again used trade as a strategic weapon, costing Japan billions of dollars.Where it has trade leverage, China is not shy about exercising it.China's weaponization of trade has gone unchallenged so far.
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