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World Leaders 'Deeply Concerned' about Asia Maritime Tensions

FILE - A Vietnamese sinking boat (L) which was rammed and then sunk by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracels Islands, is seen near a Marine Guard ship (R) at Ly Son island of Vietnam's central Quang Ngai province.
FILE - A Vietnamese sinking boat (L) which was rammed and then sunk by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracels Islands, is seen near a Marine Guard ship (R) at Ly Son island of Vietnam's central Quang Ngai province.
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The Group of Seven industrialized nations said it is "deeply concerned" about tensions in the East and South China Sea, where Beijing is involved in territorial disputes with its neighbors.
 
In a statement released after meeting Wednesday in Brussels, G7 leaders said they oppose unilateral attempts to assert territorial or maritime claims through use of intimidation, coercion or force.
 
Though the statement did not mention any individual country, it is seen as a criticism of China, whose neighbors accuse it of using bullying tactics to advance its wide-ranging maritime claims.
 
China and Japan both claim territory in the East China Sea. The dispute worsened in 2012 after Japan nationalized a group of islands there. Beijing has since declared an Air Defense Identification Zone in the area.
 
In the South China Sea, Beijing is involved in a tense standoff with Vietnam over a state-run Chinese oil rig that was placed in disputed waters off Hanoi's coast. Both countries' ships have exchanged water cannon fire and rammed each other.
 
China's claims in the South China Sea also overlap with those of the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan.
 
The United States has said it does not take a position in the disputes, but has strongly criticized China's actions. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently called Beijing's moves "destabilizing."
 
Beijing rejects such statements as foreign interference in its affairs. It has not commented on the G7 statement.

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by: So So from: US
June 07, 2014 8:15 PM
The last time, three months ago, they were 'deeply concerned' about Crimea. A few weeks later, Crimea was taken away from Ukraine by the Russians without firing a shot.
This time, they are 'deeply concerned' about the East and South China Sea. And the people in the regions are wondering:
-ok, so you were concerned deeply and ???

by: rinno from: Philippines
June 05, 2014 7:57 PM
China is a damnn stupid claiming all entire china sea including so called the West Philippines sea.

by: Tim
June 05, 2014 4:01 PM
The world should impose sanctions on China and Russia both.

by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
June 05, 2014 3:59 PM
It seems China won't stop threatening its neighbors until it gets a bloody nose. Then it will shut up.
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by: Sam Walton
June 08, 2014 10:50 PM
Agreed. Look at bunch of commies trying to become Nazi alike, if the world not stopping them they will take whole region by forces soon. Just like the Nazi when they first started.

Why the worlds hate red China? The Japan, the Philippines, the Vietnam, the USA, the India, the Tibet... Red Chinese do not has moral and so they would
1. Invaded neighboring countries (stolen/ invaded territories from other countries)
2. Lies and Cheats
3. Make most fake products
4. Steal people R&D
5. Red Chinese brutally harvests inmates organs
6. Red Chinese would cooks and eats Cat & Dog, and destroy environment at the sametime…China is one of the most polluted country in the world.
7. Red Chinese would run over their own children with tanks. Now think about item 7, Red Chinese invaded Japan, Vietnam, Tibet, Philippines’s lands, island, and ocean territories pieces just like the Nazi back then and when the world do nothing red Chinese would attack a country, two countries, and three countries just like the way they have done now. They have run tanks over their own children in Tiananmen Square June 4th 1989 what red Chinese will do to you?
8. Unfair trading by low wage, offered workers no benefits tactics. Let face it, most of products China from from Walmart, Caterpillar, Nike, Apple, Gap, Startbuck, Heinz, Coca Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Molson Coors Brewing, Ford, and many more are made in China. To slowdown China aggressive US must tight the red China income by bring all American companies home.
http://www.forbes.com/2010/07/06/us-investments-markets-emerging-markets-fdi_slide_10.html

...while in US we have millions of American receiving unemployment benefits???...while we have soldiers comes home from the Iraq, Afghanistan look for jobs???

Are we pay (invest) to red commies China so that we would lost our manufacturing jobs and indirectly promoting the red commies Chinese to be our new world leader?

by: Anonymous
June 05, 2014 2:33 PM
All international disputes need to be settled by international laws

by: Chi Le from: USA
June 05, 2014 11:54 AM
If China really wants peace, it should have to stop perverse actions on the Vietnam’s waters and other disputed waters, and to show a civilized, peaceful action, it should accept to confront the charges at the international court brought by the Philippines.

by: kamikaze from: Japan
June 05, 2014 7:11 AM
The present Chinese government has no right to claim territories in the East and South Asian Seas. That is because PRC (ruled by Communist Dictators) was established just around the end of the World War II. Senkaku islands and disputed South Asian islands had belonged to the respective authentic owner countries.
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by: anonymous from: anonymous
June 06, 2014 11:24 AM
This is very ridiculous. The present Japanese government has no right to claim territories for the four northern islands. That is because JAPAN was established just around the end of the World War II.The four northern islands had belonged to the Russia accoding to your opinion.
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by: Anonymous
June 05, 2014 11:05 AM
This is very ridiculous. This is like saying that Russia has no right to claim territories, where he is standing, from USSR. In this case, Japan should not claim any territories at all after WWII, since Japan is still NOT a normal country as before because foreign forces are still occupying part of the country.

by: Anonymous
June 05, 2014 1:19 AM
The incompetence of a country's foreign policies really shows when other countries can predict exactly how you will react. Just like the incident with Crimea... oh.
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by: wang from: calif
June 05, 2014 1:33 PM
Communist china is hungry resources to feed 1.4 billion people therefore stealing resources from neighbors.

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