China reacts to global reaction on West Philippine Sea dispute

  • China has reacted on how the G7 meddles on issues covering the West Philippine Sea
  • Chinese spokesperson Hua Chunying told the G7 that the ongoing territorial dispute is “none of their business
  • Hua also said that the G7 should focus on their individual countries instead

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has reacted on how the global community, especially the members of the Group of Seven (G7) consortium, intervenes on issues covering the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea; saying that the matter is “none of their business.”

In an article written by Philippine Star on May 27, 2016, it was disclosed that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the G7, which is composed of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, should stop meddling with the issue and start focusing on their individual countries instead.

I have made it very clear that the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) issue has nothing to do with the G7 and its members. We believe that the G7 should focus its time and energy on coping with issues within it, and not poke its nose into other countries or matters beyond its remit. This is also good for the G7 itself,” he said.

Recently, the governments of Japan and Canada have both expressed their concerns regarding the ongoing territorial dispute covering the West Philippine Sea, especially now that China has introduced large-scale reclamation and militarization in the area.

According to the two countries, both of them are “seriously concerned” with how the Chinese government is raising the tension in the disputed seas.

As for the South China Sea, we share serious concerns over unilateral actions that raise tensions, such as large-scale reclamation, the building of facilities and militarization. It is a significant achievement that we have agreed to cooperate to secure rule-based, free, safe seas,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; adding that the G7 is worried that the dispute could greatly affect international trading activities that utilize the West Philippine Sea as a route.