G7 'deeply concerned' at tensions in East, South China Seas

Wed Jun 4, 2014 6:10pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Group of Seven leaders expressed their concern about tensions between China and a number of other Asian countries over resources in the East and South China Seas and warned against any use of force.

"We are deeply concerned by tensions in the East and South China Sea. We oppose any unilateral attempt by any party to assert its territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion or force," the G7 leaders said in a statement after evening talks in Brussels.

"We call on all parties to clarify and pursue their territorial and maritime claims in accordance with international law."

China claims almost the entire oil- and gas-rich South China Sea, and dismisses competing claims from Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. Japan also has a territorial row with China over islands in the East China Sea.

Tensions have surged in recent weeks after China placed an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam, and the Philippines said Beijing could be building an airstrip on a disputed island.

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MrWowFire wrote:
The statement reflects a “deep” concern to the tension in both the East and South China seas, urging restraint from “all parties”. It is not directed to any country, but Japan would be using this as a victory statement against China for propaganda purposes. However the course of all the disputes would not be affected in any substantial way because the western nations excluding the US and Japan have less interests in the dispute in the two areas.

Besides the G7, there is the G20, and the rest of the world. Geopolitics will surely be more complicated in Asia and the Pacific with the two main rivals, China and the US, in center stage.

Jun 05, 2014 11:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Timting wrote:
The South China Sea is a neck of Japanese economy, which is held by China now.

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Timting wrote:
It seem the Eight-Nation Alliance (八国联军) coming back again after 114 years.

Jun 05, 2014 7:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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