China continues to be at the center of political ire as it continues its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea. G7 representatives have expressed their concerns over the matter while other claimants to the disputed region are talking about holding joint military drills in an effort to show might against Beijing. Is a world war coming?
The G7 has raised concerns on China’s activities in the South China Sea. This did not sit well with Chinese officials. The nation just recently expressed that it is “strongly dissatisfied” over the statement of the Group of Seven.
“China is strongly dissatisfied with relevant moves taken by G7,” The Guardian quoted foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang.
“We urge G7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes, respect the efforts by regional countries, stop all irresponsible words and actions, and make constructive contribution to regional peace and stability.”
G7 foreign ministers met in Hiroshima for two days with the officials expressing concerns over the South China Sea dispute.
“We are concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas, and emphasize the fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes,” the representatives said in a joint statement.
“We express our strong opposition to any intimidating, coercive or provocative unilateral actions that could alter the status quo and increase tensions.”
Likewise, China also summoned G7 representatives to express its disappointment.
“China summoned the diplomatic envoys of relevant countries,” RT quoted Lu.
Lu also added to the statements that “a senior official of one of the G7 countries mentioned that China needs to heed the voice of [the] G7.” Many believe that the official was pertaining to Japan.
Likewise, Reuters reported that still in light of the rising tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippines and Vietnam are looking into exploring joint patrols over the disputed waters. Philippines and Vietnam defense officials are set to meet this week to see if joint navy patrols and exercises could be done as both countries remain at odds with China.
“These are initial discussions,” said a senior military official.
“These may take time but we would like to move to the next level.”