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Hurtful words and actions by Japan and its politicians are partly to blame for the way Chinese trade with Japan has been slumping since early this year, a Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman said Friday.

In the first seven months, bilateral trade fell 8.8 percent year-on-year to $174 billion, spokesman Shen Danyang said, saying China’s imports of Japanese goods sank 13.2 percent to $90.81 billion and exports to Japan fell 3.5 percent to $83.19 billion.

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