China snubs G7 declaration: Says situation is generally stable

Reacting to recent declaration of G7 Foreign Ministers, China said “the situation of this region is generally stable, and relevant cooperation has been moved forward with positive results.”

The Chinese government added that it hopes “relevant countries would fully respect the efforts by regional countries to safeguard regional peace and stability, and do more things that contribute to regional peace and stability.”

Contrary to call of G7, China said “disputes should be resolved through negotiation and consultation by countries directly concerned.”

G7 Foreign Ministers on April 15 call on “all states to pursue the peaceful management or settlement of maritime disputes in accordance with international law, including through internationally recognized legal dispute settlement mechanisms.”

They added that any decisions that may be rendered by the relevant courts and tribunals which are binding on them should be implemented. “We underline the importance of coastal states refraining from unilateral actions that cause permanent physical change to the marine environment in areas pending final delimitation.”

They also expressed strong opposition against any state who uses coercion and force to assert territorial and maritime claims.