G7’s Strong Concern on SCS

The West PH Sea was front and center in the recently concluded G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany.  The G7 is composed of the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The West PH Sea was front and center in the recently concluded G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany.  The G7 is composed of the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.  Reiterating the commitment to the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality, to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to fostering peace and security, the G7 discussed the global economy; foreign policy; health; climate change, energy and environment; and development.

Japan led the discussion on the South China Sea (SCS) issue and hammered the language in the declaration. As such, under foreign policy, a section was declared for “painting a rules-based maritime order and achieving maritime security.  G7 is "committed to maintaining a rules-based order in the maritime domain based on the principles of international law, in particular as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. We are concerned by tensions in the East and South China Seas. We underline the importance of peaceful dispute settlement as well as free and unimpeded lawful use of the world’s oceans. 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. We endorse the Declaration on Maritime Security issued by G7 Foreign Ministers in Lu?beck.”

For the full G7 Declaration, please check below:

 

G7 Summit Leaders' Declartion

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