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Senior DOS official urges Japan to join U.S., others in defending human rights  

  • December 12, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Sunday’s Nikkei front-paged a telephone interview with Under Secretary of State Fernandez on Friday, who is visiting Japan this week. He reportedly noted that economic pressure on human rights violators works best if countries act together. “Our sanctions are much more powerful and effective if they are done multilaterally,” he was quoted as saying. The official reportedly said Washington would welcome Tokyo’s enacting a law like the one recently adopted by Australia designed to penalize foreign officials involved in human rights violations. Speaking on China, U/S Fernandez said Beijing is “doubling down on an economic model that is at odds with the market-based global system that enables China’s very economy to grow.” He added that U.S. companies doing business with China “need to be mindful of how their activities can affect our national security and the values that we hold dear.”  

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