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The Japanese government prevented a Chinese corporation from getting operating rights at a port in El Salvador to be built with a concessional loan from Tokyo, diplomatic sources said Monday.

The government warned of withdrawing its plan to provide ¥11.2 billion ($102 million) in official development assistance after Washington took issue with the Chinese company’s interest in the project and pressured the El Salvadoran government into suspending a tender, Japanese and U.S. diplomatic sources said.

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