G7 diplomats summoned by China
Beijing says it has summoned diplomats from the Group of 7 industrialised countries to protest their statement criticising China’s island-building activities in the disputed South China Sea. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that China “solemnly clarified” to the diplomats its position on the issue. Beijing has defended its land reclamation work in the Spratly islands as within its territorial rights and accused the G-7 of diverging from its mission of safeguarding the global economy. The statement issued by the G-7 foreign ministers expresses strong opposition to any “intimidating, coercive or provocative unilateral actions that could alter the status quo and increase tensions”. The statement didn’t mention China by name.
ROW: Taiwan officials have also criticised China’s island claims