G7 leaders plant trees at a shrine on the first day of their summit in Japan. From left: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: AFP

G7’S softened stance on East and South China seas welcomed

Significant change in the language may have been a nod to concerns over the rising heat of rhetoric or a reluctance to stoke the issue further ahead of a Court of Arbitration ruling

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G7 leaders plant trees at a shrine on the first day of their summit in Japan. From left: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: AFP
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