This bird eye view shows the coral reefs in China's Xisha Islands, South China Sea, June 1, 2011. The Xisha Islands lie in the middle of South China Sea, consisting of Xuande Islands and Yongle Islands. (Photo / Xinhua)
BEIJING – China strongly denounced a communique released after a G7 summit, saying it interfered in the East China Sea and South China Sea issues in the guise of international law.
The joint communique said the G7 members are committed to "maintaining a rules-based order in the maritime domain based on the principles of international law", and expressed concerns about the situation in the East China Sea and South China Sea.
The 2017 G7 summit ended through the issuance of the joint communique on Saturday.
China's position on the East China Sea and South China Sea issues is clear and consistent, Lu Kang, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Sunday.
China has been committed to properly handling disputes, cementing cooperation, and safeguarding peace and stability of the East China Sea and South China Sea through talks and consultations directly with related parties, he said.
Lu urged G7 and countries outside to understand the situation, stick to the pledge to take no position on relevant disputes, fully respect the efforts made by countries in the region to handle disputes, and stop making irresponsible remarks.