China slams G7 remark on maritime disputes

April 12, 2016 12:46 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

China expressed anger on Tuesday after 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.

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army Navy patrol near a sign in the Spratly Islands
Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy patrol near a sign in the Spratly Islands

“We urge the G7 member states to honor their commitment of not taking sides on issues involving territorial disputes,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The G7 should focus on global economic governance and cooperation against the backdrop of weak economic growth rather than hyping up disputes and provoking problems, it added.

On Monday, 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” in the East and South China Seas. Read More

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