G7 Op­pose Provo­ca­tion in East, South China Seas

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

For­eign min­is­ters from the Group of Seven (G7) ad­vanced economies said they strongly op­posed provo­ca­tion in the East and South China Seas, where China is locked in ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes with na­tions in­clud­ing the Philip­pines, Viet­nam and Ja­pan.

In the lat­est ver­bal ex­change on who con­trols the vi­tal trade wa­ter­ways, China said it had not seen the G7 state­ment, but that coun­tries in the re­gion were seek­ing to pro­mote sta­bil­ity and that dis­putes were be­ing “ex­ag­ger­ated”.

“If the G7 wants to con­tinue play­ing a ma­jor role in the world, it should take an at­ti­tude of seek­ing truth from the facts to han­dle the is­sues the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is most con­cerned with at the moment,” Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news brief­ing.

“If the G7 is taken hostage by the self­ish in­ter­ests of cer­tain coun­tries, then this prob­a­bly won’t be ben­e­fi­cial to the G7’s in­flu­ence, role and fu­ture devel­op­ment.”

Ear­lier on Mon­day, the G7 for­eign min­is­ters said af­ter meet­ing in the Ja­panese city of Hiroshima that they op­posed “any in­tim­i­dat­ing co­er­cive or provoca­tive uni­lat­eral ac­tions that could al­ter the sta­tus quo and in­crease ten­sions”.

Kerry with Ja­pan’s Fu­mio Kishida

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