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G-7 Adds to Pressure on China With Criticism of Maritime Tension

The Group of Seven nations expressed “deep concern” over the use of force to settle Asian maritime disputes, adding to international pressure on China as it asserts territorial claims across the region.

“We oppose any unilateral attempt by any party to assert its territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion or force,” the G-7 said in a communique released last night at its meeting in Brussels. “We call on all parties to clarify and pursue their territorial and maritime claims in accordance with international law.”