G7 opposes China’s massive reclamation in West Philippine Sea: Maintain a rules-based order

The leaders of seven major advanced economies known as G7 released a statement – after a two-day summit June 7 and 8 at Schloss Elmau, Krün, Bavaria, Germany – strongly opposing China’s unilateral actions including massive land reclamation in West Philippine Sea. G7 is composed of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“We strongly oppose the use of intimidation, coercion or force, as well as any unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo, such as large scale land reclamation,” says in G7 Leaders Declaration.

“We are committed to maintaining a rules-based order in the maritime domain based on the principles of international law, in particular as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. We are concerned by tensions in the East and South China Seas,” the leaders added.

They also underlined that peaceful settlement of disputes along with free and unimpeded lawful use of the world’s oceans in important.

“We, the G7, emphasise the importance of freedom, peace and territorial integrity, as well as respect for international law and respect for human rights,” they declared.

Present at the summit are Prime Ministers of Canada, Italy, Japan, and United Kingdom, President of France and United States, Chancellor of Germany, European Union Commission President and Council President.