China summons G7 envoys over South, E China Seas statement

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:45 PM

China claims nearly the all S China Sea, believed to have enormous deposits of oil and gas, and is building islands on reefs to sustain its claims.

China'south foreign ministry said on Wednesday it's summoned in envoys from the Grouping of Seven (G7) advanced economies to grumble about a statement their foreign ministers issued this week opposing provocation in the E and S China Seas.

China claims nearly the all S China Sea, believed to have enormous deposits of oil and gas, and is building islands on reefs to sustain its claims. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims to parts of the waters, through which about $5 trillion in trade is shipped every year.

China also has a separate dispute with Japan over a grouping of uninhabited islets in the E China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing that it'd thought the G7 foreign ministers' meeting in the Japanese city of Hiroshima wouldn't really have anything to do with China.

Once the statement came out, China decided there were certain "incorrect and mistaken" parts in it, Lu said, so China had to create its position clear.

"So yes we called in envoys from the relevant countries, solemnly expressing China'south position on this matter," he added.

China informed the envoys of precisely what it'd said in public on the issue, Lu said.

The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed annoyance at the G7 statement, saying the grouping shouldn't taking sides on issues involving territorial disputes.

The G7 is composed of the United States, France, Canada, Germany, Grand Britain, Italy and Japan.

G7 leaders will meet again in Japan for their summit next month.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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