12 April 2016
China strongly denounces “irresponsible remarks” on territorial disputes along the South China Sea made by certain member countries during the Group of Seven forum held in Hiroshima, Japan.
On Monday, Beijing expressed its dissent over statements made by some foreign ministers about condemning “any intimidating coercive or provocative unilateral actions.”
Several members of the G7, which include Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the U.S., the U.K. and High Representative of the European Union, made a strong but generic statement on maritime security published on the European Union‘s official website on Monday.
The statement was opened with a reaffirmation of the member countries’ “commitment to further international cooperation on maritime security and safety,” adding that they recognize the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
… Li Mingjiang, an associate professor at the Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said that the group was clearly trying to make China accept arbitration through the G7 forum statement.
GPO / IDSS / Online
Last updated on 14/04/2016