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CHINA'S ENVOY SNUBS FIL-CHINESE FRIENDSHIP DAY, 40th ANNIVERSARY RITES CANCELLED


JUNE 9 ---The celebration of the Filipino-Chinese friendship day and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Philippine-China diplomatic relations were cancelled after Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua decided not to attend the event organized by the Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Monday night. Chinese Embassy in the Philippines/File
 - Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua did not attend the supposed three-in-one event of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen to celebrate the two countries' ties. The dispute over the West Philippine Sea allegedly caused the absence of Ziao at the event of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) on Monday night. The organizers dropped the celebration of the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China. Instead, the FFCCCII decided to just celebrate the commemoration of the Philippines' Independence Day due to the tension between the two countries over the territorial dispute. READ MORE...

ALSO: Fil-Chinese Friendship Day celebration dropped due to sea dispute


JUNE 8 ---No Chinese ambassador in FFCCCII event
- The Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea has affected the annual celebration of the country's biggest organization of Chinese-Filipino businessmen of Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Philippine-China diplomatic relations. The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) decided to drop the twin events from what was supposed to be a "three-in-one" commemoration of the important milestones, including the 117th Philippine Independence Day, at the PICC Monday night. FFCCCII President Angel Ngu told reporters that the organization decided to just limit itself to commemorating the country's Independence Day because of the ongoing tensions between the Philippine and China over the West Philippine Sea. "Nakikita naman natin sa West Philippine Sea, the tension seems to be escalating so we think as Filipino we think this is not good time naman. First of all, it should be a good relationship. 'Pag ganoon ang nangyari, I think we have to keep ourselves to our Independence Day na lang rather than have a celebration of Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day," Ngu said. READ MORE...

ALSO: The Philippines Rejects China’s South China Sea Sharing Offer


JUNE 8 ---MALACAÑANG on Sunday bluntly rejected an offer by China to “share” the facilities it is building in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as it welcomed reports that the G7 summit is poised to issue a statement expressing concern about unilateral efforts to assert sovereignty claims in the disputed sea.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said any bilateral talks between the two countries would not be easy in light of the Philippines’ staunch position in favor of a more binding Code of Conduct among various claimants. In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Coloma noted that while they welcome the statement of Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua that Beijing is against any military solution to the dispute and is open to the possibility of holding bilateral talks to defuse tensions, the other claimants from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) should not be left out. “Regarding the [resumption of] bilateral talks and ‘willing to share the facilities it is building in the [West Philippine Sea],’ the statement of the President (Benigno Aquino 3rd) is different, that we must respect the Declaration of the Code of Conduct between China and the Asean itself,” the official said in Filipino. Coloma was reacting to Zhao’s statement on Friday that Beijing’s door remains open for bilateral talks with Manila even if the Philippine government decided to resolve the case through international arbitration. He was not the first Philippine official who expressed cynicism on the “sharing” offer. READ MORE...

ALSO FROM CHINA.ORG:  G7 accused of ignoring the facts over South China Sea


JUNE 10 ---Japan using G7 to meddle in S.China Sea  Beijing accused G7 members of bias, ignoring the facts and irresponsibility on Tuesday as it rejected a statement made by the group targeting, but not naming, China over maritime tensions. The accusations were leveled by Hong Lei, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, at a news conference. "What the G7 members have said and done are too far from the facts," Hong said. "China strongly urges the G7 members to respect the facts, discard bias, stop making irresponsible remarks and focus on things that can really help to properly handle and resolve the disputes and contribute to regional peace and stability."  On Monday, leaders of the Group of Seven countries expressed concerns over tensions in the East and South China seas and called for nations to abide by international law. Their comments marked the end of a two-day summit in southern Germany. "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," the G7 leaders said, without naming countries. Many observers interpreted the statement as targeting China. In his reply, Hong stressed that construction work by China on the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea is an act within its sovereignty with which no other countries have the right to interfere. He also said the facilities are mostly for civilian use to better fulfill international obligations such as maritime navigation and rescue work. Zhou Yongsheng, a professor of Japanese studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said the fact that the statement did not name China proves "inner conflict and struggle" within G7 is continuing. It was also a disappointment for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: G7 hits large-scale reclamation at sea


JUNE 10 ---In this March 2014 photo, G7 nations agreed to hold their own summit instead of attending a planned G8 meeting in Russia. AP [The member states of the G7 are the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Italy, Japan and Germany]  KRUEN, Germany – The leaders of the Group of Seven nations issued a communiqué on Monday voicing opposition to island-building and other coercive activities in the West Philippine Sea, South China Sea and East China Sea.
“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,” the G7 leaders said, without naming countries. They said they were concerned about tensions in the region and called for countries to abide by international law. “We underline the importance of peaceful dispute settlement as well as free and unimpeded lawful use of the world’s oceans,” they said. The bloc also endorsed the Declaration on Maritime Security issued by G7 Foreign Ministers in Lübeck, Germany. The G7 comprises the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. China claims most of the South China Sea and the West Philippine Sea, while the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have overlapping claims.

ALSO: G7 hits large-scale reclamation at sea


JUNE 10 ---In this March 2014 photo, G7 nations agreed to hold their own summit instead of attending a planned G8 meeting in Russia. AP [The member states of the G7 are the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Italy, Japan and Germany] 
KRUEN, Germany – The leaders of the Group of Seven nations issued a communiqué on Monday voicing opposition to island-building and other coercive activities in the West Philippine Sea, South China Sea and East China Sea.
“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,” the G7 leaders said, without naming countries. They said they were concerned about tensions in the region and called for countries to abide by international law. “We underline the importance of peaceful dispute settlement as well as free and unimpeded lawful use of the world’s oceans,” they said. The bloc also endorsed the Declaration on Maritime Security issued by G7 Foreign Ministers in Lübeck, Germany. The G7 comprises the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. China claims most of the South China Sea and the West Philippine Sea, while the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have overlapping claims. READ MORE...

ALSO PHILSTAR OPINION: Principled use of power
[Filipinos old enough to remember the events leading up to Japan’s invasion of the Philippines are seeing similarities in China’s territorial grabbing. It’s a scary scenario – but looking less impossible as China ramps up its aggressive activities in disputed waters.]


JUNE 10 ---By Ana Marie Pamintuan  Officials of some nations that are major trading partners of the Chinese have expressed concern over reclamation activities in disputed waters, but without identifying China. The officials also say other countries are doing the same, although to a lesser extent. It’s just a cop-out to avoid antagonizing Beijing. These officials may want to look at a map – one recognized by the international community – to see that those other countries (the Philippines included) are claiming territory within their 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) stipulated for coastal nations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). China’s massive reclamation, on the other hand, is focused on shoals at least 600 nautical miles from its southernmost tip. What’s the basis for its territorial claim? Several countries face the South China Sea. What if the Philippines also began building artificial islands 600 miles away from the northwestern tip of Batanes, close to the Chinese mainland? China’s disputes with Japan and Vietnam are slightly different; they do have overlapping 200-mile EEZs. Japan is invoking historical events to back its claim over the Senkaku Islands, and the claim is supported by the United States. READ MORE...

ALSO: CHINA'S POINT OF VIEW: Manila's shortsightedness on South China Sea disputes will backfire


JUNE 3 ---After likening China to Nazi Germany in an interview with The New York Times more than a year ago, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III played the same old trick again, this time in Tokyo.
Aquino made the comments Wednesday in an address to business leaders during his visit to Japan. As Aquino described himself as "an amateur student of history," he really is ignorant of history. China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and adjacent waters. And China has always been pursuing peaceful development and developing friendly ties with all other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. China's claim of the South China Sea islands is about protecting its sovereignty, which cannot be compared to Nazi Germany's expansion prior to World War II. Moreover, Aquino is also an amateur politician as he never hesitates to sacrifice national interests and the Sino-Philippine relations to gain military support from the United States and Japan. In September 2011, Aquino made his first state visit to China since taking office in June 2010, which was his first foreign destination outside the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations (ASEAN). He and Chinese leaders agreed to handle disputes in bilateral relations through consultation and to boost bilateral ties. In November 2014, on the sidelines of the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing, Aquino told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the Philippines was willing to solve relevant problems with China and wanted to improve bilateral ties. But in the meantime, the Philippines never stops provocative acts in the South China Sea -- from illegally occupying China-owned islands to detaining Chinese fishing vessels, from increasing servicemen to purchasing military equipment. The Philippines broke its promise with China and violated its commitment in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. READ MORE...


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China's ambassador snubs Fil-Chinese friendship day


The celebration of the Filipino-Chinese friendship day and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Philippine-China diplomatic relations were cancelled after Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua decided not to attend the event organized by the Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Monday night. Chinese Embassy in the Philippines/File

MANILA, JUNE 15, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 9, 2015 - Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua did not attend the supposed three-in-one event of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen to celebrate the two countries' ties.

The dispute over the West Philippine Sea allegedly caused the absence of Ziao at the event of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) on Monday night.

The organizers dropped the celebration of the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China.

Instead, the FFCCCII decided to just celebrate the commemoration of the Philippines' Independence Day due to the tension between the two countries over the territorial dispute.

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"Nakikita naman natin sa West Philippine Sea, the tension seems to be escalating so we think as Filipinos we think this is not [a] good time naman," FFCCCII President Angel Ngu told members of the press in a televised interview.

President Benigno Aquino III, meanwhile, graced the event and gave a speech on the long-standing history of the Filipino-Chinese friendship.

The president noted that the ties between the Philippines and China must be based on mutual respect.

Last week, Aquino likened China anew with Nazi Germany in a speech he made during his state visit to Japan.

The statement irked Chinese media and Beijing officials, insisting that the reclamation over the disputed waters is not a move to spark conflict.


ABS-CBN

Fil-Chinese Friendship Day celebration dropped due to sea dispute by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News Posted at 06/08/2015 8:44 PM | Updated as of 06/08/2015 11:52 PM


No Chinese ambassador in FFCCCII event

MANILA (UPDATED) - The Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea has affected the annual celebration of the country's biggest organization of Chinese-Filipino businessmen of Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Philippine-China diplomatic relations.

The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) decided to drop the twin events from what was supposed to be a "three-in-one" commemoration of the important milestones, including the 117th Philippine Independence Day, at the PICC Monday night.

FFCCCII President Angel Ngu told reporters that the organization decided to just limit itself to commemorating the country's Independence Day because of the ongoing tensions between the Philippine and China over the West Philippine Sea.

"Nakikita naman natin sa West Philippine Sea, the tension seems to be escalating so we think as Filipino we think this is not good time naman. First of all, it should be a good relationship. 'Pag ganoon ang nangyari, I think we have to keep ourselves to our Independence Day na lang rather than have a celebration of Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day," Ngu said.

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In his speech, President Aquino still spoke of the long-standing history of the Filipino and Chinese people, showing a photograph of Chinese Nationalist leader Sun Yat Sen with Mariano Ponce dated 1899, which he said spoke of the friendship of the two countries' forefathers as they fight for common goals: freedom, progress, peace, and stability.

He said that this kind of solidarity could be replicated today, urging cooperation and unity as the world faces several challenges.

He said that there is much to improve on between the Philippines and China, as long as the relationship is founded on mutual respect and commitment to rule of law, clearly a reference to how he hopes the territorial dispute resolved.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua did not attend the event.

Zhao was supposed to deliver a message but it was dropped from the program.

"It's our decision to change it. So we asked him if he (Ambassador Zhao) will come; he said 'not confirmed.' So we thought na siguro hindi naman matutuloy na," Ngu said.

"When I came back with the President from Japan, I see… na ganoon ang reaction and you also see the press conference ng Ambassador of China saying those words, I see na parang hindi na cordial 'yung relation so naisip namin, I had an emergency meeting noon Saturday, the executive of our federation decided not to celebrate (Friendship Day and the establishment of diplomatic relations)," Ngu said.

He is still optimistic that the tensions would ease in the future.

"I am concerned. Kasi doon naman galing ang magulang ko pero ako Filipino na, dito na ako pinanganak, ayaw natin mag-away ang mag-asawa. Mahirap din kung maghiwalay ang magulang. Although I was born here. I stay here, I love the Philippines pero I don't want naman ang pinanggalingan ng tatay ko mayroon tayong conflict. Siyempre ang gusto natin magiging maganda nag relationship so everybody will be happy," Ngu said.


MANILA TIMES

Manila Times: The Philippines Rejects China’s South China Sea Sharing Offer by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER Manila Times June 8, 2015

MALACAÑANG on Sunday bluntly rejected an offer by China to “share” the facilities it is building in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as it welcomed reports that the G7 summit is poised to issue a statement expressing concern about unilateral efforts to assert sovereignty claims in the disputed sea.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said any bilateral talks between the two countries would not be easy in light of the Philippines’ staunch position in favor of a more binding Code of Conduct among various claimants.

In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Coloma noted that while they welcome the statement of Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua that Beijing is against any military solution to the dispute and is open to the possibility of holding bilateral talks to defuse tensions, the other claimants from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) should not be left out.

“Regarding the [resumption of] bilateral talks and ‘willing to share the facilities it is building in the [West Philippine Sea],’ the statement of the President (Benigno Aquino 3rd) is different, that we must respect the Declaration of the Code of Conduct between China and the Asean itself,” the official said in Filipino.

Coloma was reacting to Zhao’s statement on Friday that Beijing’s door remains open for bilateral talks with Manila even if the Philippine government decided to resolve the case through international arbitration.

He was not the first Philippine official who expressed cynicism on the “sharing” offer.

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In a text message to The Manila Times, Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, said, “That offer was made only to deflect international criticism of China’s reclamation work.”

“China’s words and actions do not match. They drive away our fishermen from Scarborough Shoal even when they try to go there to seek shelter during inclement weather,” Jose added.

In a meeting with a group of Filipino journalists, Zhao said Beijing wants the Philippines “to return to the negotiating table.” He added that China has no preconditions to the resumption of talks, not even dropping of the arbitration case Manila has lodged with the UN tribunal in The Hague that China does not recognize anyway.

But Coloma argued that the sea dispute is not only between Manila and Beijing and that the Chinese government itself had signed the Declaration of Conduct that it must obey and respect.

“It was done in 2002 and based on that, [the signatories] must flesh out a legally binding Code of Conduct because the issues do not involve only two countries. There are many others, usually more than two in each disputed territory, features or maritime entitlements in the [West Philippine Sea],” he explained.

“It is not that simple,” Coloma pointed out.

He, however, expressed elation over Zhao’s remarks that they would not seek any military solution to the territorial dispute, and for citing the 40-year diplomatic relations between Beijing and Manila as remaining “peaceful, friendly and cooperative.”

“Of course we are happy with those statements and we agree to the proposition that there should be no military solution [to the problem]. We also agree that the relations between China and the Philippines remain peaceful, friendly and cooperative,” the Palace official said.

He noted that the President had made his position clear with Chinese Premier Hu Jintao when he visited China in 2011.

“He [Aquino] declared that the issue on the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea is not the end-all and be-all of Philippines-China relations,” according to Coloma.

On the possibility of holding bilateral talks, the official said the positions of the two countries may not meet because the Philippines adheres to “Asean centrality,” which involves many nations.

G7 concern Also on Sunday, the Philippines welcomed reports that a G7 summit will express concern about the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.

Regional alarm is growing at moves by China aggressively staking its claim to most of the sea, including a large-scale island-building program.

The United States has urged China and other countries to halt reclamations there.

Coloma said Manila had been seeking more global attention on the issue after Aquino raised it in his numerous overseas visits.

John Kirton, director of think-tank the G7 Research Group, has said the maritime row between China and its neighbors will be on the agenda of the summit starting Sunday in Germany.

Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper on Saturday said the summit would take up the issue.

Citing sources, the paper disclosed that a closing statement would express concern about unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

It said no country would be named.

The Group of Seven links the leaders of Germany, Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the United States.

When asked about the reports, Coloma said “having talks on achieving a peaceful and orderly settlement of the issue in the… South China Sea corresponds with the position taken by our country”.

“The position of these many countries is that they understand the value of the freedom of aviation and the freedom of navigation and the orderly process of trade and global commerce,” he told reporters.

Aquino last week likened present-day China to Nazi Germany in a speech in Japan, hinting the world cannot continue to appease Beijing over its South China Sea claims.

The waters are also partially claimed by the Philippines as well as Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. With AFP

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Manila Should Study China’s offer - Escudero  June 8, 2015 11:15 pm by JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA REPORTER


Bilateral talks better than taking hardline stance, says Escudero

MANILA should seriously study Beijing’s offer to bilaterally settle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute instead of rejecting it outright, an administration senator said on Monday.

Accepting the offer for the Philippines and China to sit across the negotiating table, according to Sen. Francis Escudero, is a better alternative to taking a hardline stance.

“We should study any offer that would promote peace without giving up our regional, multilateral and legal moves in relation to the West Philippine Sea issue,” he said.

Escudero was reacting to a statement attributed to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. that turned down a suggestion of Beijing’s envoy to the Philippines to restart talks with no pre-conditions.

Chinese Ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua on Friday told a select group of journalists that Beijing was also amenable to “share” with the Philippines facilities they constructed in areas they occupy in the West Philippine Sea.

Escudero’s statements were a reiteration of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s call early this year.

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At the time, in April, surveillance pictures showing China’s massive construction work were first made public.

Binay said he would try a different tack in dealing with the China problem if he got elected President in 2016.

He added that he was looking forward to striking a win-win joint venture as a result of direct talks with Beijing.

“May pera po ang China, kailangan po natin ng kapital [China has the money and we need capital],” the Vice President said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario dismissed the Vice President’s position that the country should resume bilateral talks with China, saying Manila had exhausted all means to deal with Beijing in an attempt to resolve tensions in the West Philippine Sea.

“We are for bilateral talks, but we ran into a dead end in terms of using that approach,” del Rosario said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.

“In the case of Scarborough Shoal, we had over 50 bilateral engagements with them and that did not work because … in every bilateral meeting you have with China, unfortunately, [they say] to you, ‘We have indisputable sovereignty over the entire South China Sea’,” he added.

China’s hardline stance prompted Manila to elevate the dispute to the UN International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (Itlos).

Vietnam, which also has overlapping claims with China in the South China Sea, also sought arbitration from the Itlos.

Beijing refuses to recognize the arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction on the issue and has repeatedly insisted that claimants should approach the dispute bilaterally.

When asked if Coloma’s statement turning down China’s offer may further escalate the tensions, Escudero said he does not think so, adding that Malacañang may have valid reasons in taking such position.

One of which, Escudero said, is the ongoing G7 summit this week where China’s expansionism is reportedly in the agenda.

Manila on Sunday welcomed reports that the G7 summit would express concern about unilateral efforts to assert sovereignty claims in the West Philippine Sea.

Regional alarm is growing at moves by China aggressively staking its claim to most of the sea, including a large-scale island-building program.

The United States has also urged China and other nations to halt reclamations there. WITH AFP


CHINA.ORG

G7 accused of ignoring the facts over South China Sea 0 Comment(s)Print E-mail China Daily, June 10, 2015 Adjust font size:



Beijing accused G7 members of bias, ignoring the facts and irresponsibility on Tuesday as it rejected a statement made by the group targeting, but not naming, China over maritime tensions.

The accusations were leveled by Hong Lei, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, at a news conference.

"What the G7 members have said and done are too far from the facts," Hong said.

"China strongly urges the G7 members to respect the facts, discard bias, stop making irresponsible remarks and focus on things that can really help to properly handle and resolve the disputes and contribute to regional peace and stability."

On Monday, leaders of the Group of Seven countries expressed concerns over tensions in the East and South China seas and called for nations to abide by international law. Their comments marked the end of a two-day summit in southern Germany.

"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," the G7 leaders said, without naming countries. Many observers interpreted the statement as targeting China.

In his reply, Hong stressed that construction work by China on the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea is an act within its sovereignty with which no other countries have the right to interfere.

He also said the facilities are mostly for civilian use to better fulfill international obligations such as maritime navigation and rescue work.

Zhou Yongsheng, a professor of Japanese studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said the fact that the statement did not name China proves "inner conflict and struggle" within G7 is continuing. It was also a disappointment for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he said.

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"Some G7 members, such as Germany and France, obviously do not want to be 'kidnapped' by Japan to sacrifice their friendship with China over something that really does not affect their interests," Zhou said. "As hard as Abe has tried to make this a big issue on the international stage, he has failed."

Abe had been widely reported as making lobbying efforts to put the maritime issues on the G7 summit agenda.

Jia Xiudong, a senior international affairs researcher at the China Institute of International Studies, said none of the G7 members have the right to meddle in the situation in the South China Sea, as they are not directly involved.

"Making statements like this and ignoring facts and justice will not enhance the voice of the G7 on the global political stage. Rather, it will diminish its image and weaken the group's influence," Jia said.

"No one within the group really cares about the South China Sea -- not even Japan. This purely political move will not help the G7 to regain the reputation and influence it has lost to emerging organizations like the G20."

Jia said the G7 statement could make the South China Sea situation more complicated, as some parties that are directly involved may take it as a sign of an endorsement of their activities within Chinese territory.

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