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Friday, May 27, 2016

Chinese state media warns G7 against meddling in sea issue

BEIJING - Chinese state media warned the Group of Seven nations not to “meddle” in South China Sea disputes, as leaders from the bloc gathered for talks in Japan.

The commentary came as Euro­pean Council President Donald Tusk said on the sidelines of a summit in Ise-Shima yesterday that the bloc should take a “clear stance” on China’s contested maritime claims.

Beijing has angered several South-East Asian neighbours by claiming almost all of the South China Sea and rapidly building reefs into artificial islands.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency published an article saying the G7 – which excludes Beijing – “should mind its own business rather than pointing fingers at others”.

Xinhua writer Chang Yuan accused Japan of “attempting to take advantage of its G7 summit host status and draw more ‘allies and sympathisers’ to isolate China”.

Both Washington and Tokyo – which is locked in a separate dispute with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea – have warned against Beijing stoking tensions in the contested waters. — AFP

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