China voices anger at G7 comments on disputed islands

    China voices anger at G7 comments on disputed islands

    April 12, Beijing: China has said G7 nations should "stop making irresponsible remarks" after foreign ministers released a statement on maritime territorial disputes.

    The foreign ministers of the G7 group of industrialised nations - US, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - did not explicitly mention China in their statement.

    The ministers, meeting in Japan, said they opposed "any intimidating coercive or provocative unilateral actions" that could increase tension.

    China claims almost all the South China Sea and areas of the East China Sea, angering neighbours who have competing claims, reports said.

    It has also been reclaiming land.

    Experts said that satellite images of the reclamation work could indicate that China may be steadily militarising the islands it is creating or expanding.

    China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated China's belief it has a legitimate claim to the territory.

    He urged the foreign ministers to "stop making irresponsible remarks and all irresponsible actions, and truly play a constructive role for regional peace and stability".

    The Oslo Times


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