G-7 statement ‘to cite maritime rule of law’: Yomiuri

(From the Yomiuri Shimbun)

The summit meeting of the Group of Seven countries to be held Sunday and Monday in Germany will express “concern” over unilateral maritime actions and state that the G-7 nations will commit to maintaining maritime order under international law, according to sources.

An outline of the statement the meeting will adopt at the conclusion of the talks says the G-7 countries will express concern about unilateral moves attempting to change the status quo in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, the sources said.

The statement will also likely include Japan’s stance on promoting investments in high-quality infrastructure.

In descriptions about the waters involved, while avoiding naming China, the statement is expected to express opposition to moves to unilaterally change the status quo.

China has repeatedly intruded into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands of Okinawa Prefecture in the East China Sea. In the South China Sea, the country has reclaimed rock reefs on the Spratly Islands and attempted to turn the islets into military bases.

The G-7 statement apparently will be aimed at deterring China from such moves, according to the sources. Read more

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