Will Beijing follow through on these threats — and does the Chinese government face any restraints in using economic coercion as a diplomatic tool? Here’s what you need to know.
Beijing has increasingly relied on economic coercion
In recent years, Japan, South Korea, Norway and the Philippines have all become targets of Chinese economic retaliation during disputes over territorial claims, the deployment of theater missile defense systems and support for Chinese dissidents. Beijing has increasingly relied on economic means to deter or punish foreign governments or companies that cross Chinese interests on these sensitive issues.
When the Trump administration agreed to sell Patriot missiles to Taiwan this month, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Beijing would impose sanctions on