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Beijing tells G7 nations to stay out of disputes

Foreign ministry hits back after group's leaders express concern over regional maritime tensions

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 June, 2014, 3:49am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 June, 2014, 1:20pm

China vowed to resolutely respond to provocations against its territorial sovereignty yesterday after the Group of Seven leaders expressed deep concerns over maritime tensions between Beijing and its Asian neighbours.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the territorial disputes should be resolved by negotiations between the nations directly affected, and the involvement of external forces would only complicate matters.

"External countries should respect objective facts and bear a fair attitude in the dispute rather than stirring up tensions and creating divisions, and making complications to the regional situation," he said.

"China will make a resolute response to any provocative attempts by a few nations to intentionally infringe upon China's territorial sovereignty and rights and jeopardise maritime peace and stability."

Leaders of the G7 nations, including the US and Japan but not China, said in a statement after their talks in Brussels that parties involved in disputes over the East China Sea and South China Sea should clarify their claims in accordance with international law.

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

China and Japan have been locked in tense exchanges since 2012 over the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus, in the East China Sea.

If Beijing cared so much ... it would not have set up the oil rig
Professor Shi Yinhong

Beijing also claims large parts of the South China Sea, against competing claims of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Ships from Vietnam and China have clashed since last month when China established an oil rig in the disputed Paracel Islands, leading to deadly anti-Chinese protests across Vietnam.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on the sidelines of the Brussels talks that navigational freedom of the disputed waters should be protected and intimidation should not be allowed, Kyodo News reported.

Jia Xiudong, a researcher at the China Institute of International Studies, said both the US and Japan wanted to exert pressure on China through a multilateral platform.

"But the impact of G7 is diminishing and overridden by G20," he said.

Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, said: "If Beijing cared so much about international pressure it would not have set up the oil rig."


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"Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the territorial disputes should be resolved by negotiations between the nations directly affected, and the involvement of external forces would only complicate matters."
To the ASEAN nations, China says the territory is indisputable. But they turn around and tell the G7 nations that it is a disputed territory and that they should not meddle in their business?
Oh China, so deceitful. =/
It's about time for the SCMP to begin moderating comments.
some country want to set the rules but not have to play by the rules, can you guess which one?
A Kuro
Whenever Snake Obama and Psychopath Shinzo Abe open their mouths out spews a lot of f a r t! These dirty buggers have never anything useful or helpful to say. So old s h I t about international law when they are the ones breaking all the international law. The US didn't even dare join the ICC or UNCLOS. Telling people to respect the laws and the peace blah blah blah while the buggers are forever doing the opposite. S C U M S.
"Snake Obama", "Psychopath Shinzo", and "dirty buggers", these are standard writing styles of the communist propagandists. We call them 50centers (google:50 cent Army). If you have a fact, say it, you don't have to resort to attacking people personally. When will the communist Chinese learn to behave and talk in a civilized manner?
I Gandhi
Spot on Mr/Ms Kuro!!! The Anglos still think they live in the 18th century where they can colonise anybody they like. They are sick.
Pot kettle black?
Hong Lei cracks me up every time he opens his trap.
"should respect objective facts..."
---oh boy. Is he elevating an old map with a few dashed lines to the level of "objective facts"? Man, when you have "facts" according to the CCP, who needs fiction?
And he just seems dazed and confused when he whines about the G7 "external countries" meddling, when Japan is an active party in one of the disputes.
Anyway, if China is concerned about "stirring up tensions and creating divisions", she really needs to look in the mirror instead of whining on the international stage all the time.
I Gandhi
A lot of people say 911 was not a "terrorist attack". Just American fiction framing the Arabs just to start the war on Afghanistan. Hey Afghanistan!!! Didn't the Americans know they are not Arabs? Did they attack the wrong country? Doesn't matter anyway says George Bush. As long as we get a war!
Funny, it is about G7, China and disputes in the South China Sea, how does 911/Afghanistan got anything to do with it? Keep digressing to irrelevant topics only indicates you got something to hide.




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