The South China Sea is a battleground and nations like Japan and Canada now expressed serious concerns about the situation. Furthermore, more powerful nations such as the G-7 are also relaying their “strong opposition” to any acts trying to militarize the disputed region. Will there be war soon?
South China Sea Tensions
Japan and Canada expressed alarm over the militarization and reclamation activities in the South China Sea region. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo expressed concerns last Tuesday in reference to China’s activities.
It has been several months since China and the United States have started challenging each other over what can and cannot be done in South China Sea.
Beijing has been linked to massive land reclamation and construction while the West has started conducting routine patrols and military exercises.
According to Reuters, Abe made the comment during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Statements came prior to the Group of Seven this week.
“It is a significant achievement that we have agreed to cooperate to secure rule-based, free, safe seas,” said Abe in reference to discussions with Trudeau. However, the latter did not comment directly on the maritime dispute and instead chose to comment on economic opportunities with Japan.
“As part of our delegation, Canada’s trade minister is here. She will be meeting with Japanese companies and is expected to make a number of announcements as part of her visit,” he said.
G-7 Against South China Sea War
Nonetheless, this is not to say that the G-7 does not have an opinion about the South China Sea matter. According to Japan Times, the Group of Seven leaders will meet in Mie Prefecture with a seemingly common stance: strong opposition against the island construction and militarization of outposts in the South China Sea. There was also a veiled criticism against Beijing. The leaders aim to dismiss “unilateral actions that could alter the status quo” although China was not singled out.