G7 diplo­mats sum­moned by China

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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.

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