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China slams mention of East, South China Sea in G7 communique

China is locked in disputes with Japan, Philippines and other countries in East and South China Sea

IANS  |  Beijing 

China slams mention of East, South China Sea in G7 communique

on Sunday slammed the communique, which had a mention of the disputed East and the South Sea issue.

Reacting to the communique released by the countries on Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said the bloc had "interfered in the East Sea and issues in the guise of law".

China has been committed to properly handling disputes, cementing cooperation, and safeguarding peace and stability of the and the through talks and consultations directly with related parties, Lu was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Lu urged 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.

China is locked in disputes with Japan, the Philippines, and other countries over the East and the

China claims almost the entire South China Sea to which the Philippines and others also have overlapping claims.

China also asserts sovereignty over the East China Sea, a claim contested by arch rival

First Published: Sun, May 28 2017. 15:42 IST