China recently told The Group of Seven nations (G7) to stop hyping up the territorial disputes in Asian waters and to focus instead on global economy.
"Given the sluggish global economic recovery at the moment, G7 should have focused on global economic governance and cooperation instead of hyping up maritime issues and fueling tensions in the region," The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China cited Foreign Minister spokesperson Lu Kang as saying in a statement on Tuesday.
"We urge G-7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes, respect the efforts by regional countries, stop all irresponsible words and actions, and make constructive contribution to regional peace and stability," he added.
Instead of inflaming the issue on the West Philippine Sea (formerly called, South China Sea), China urged the countries to focus on combating the downward trend of the global economy.
Earlier, Foreign Ministers from G-7 expressed concern over the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea where China has been asserting its claim pending decision from the case filed by the Philippines in the international tribunal in Hague.
"We are concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas, and emphasize the fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes," The European External Action Service (EEAS) cited the G7 Foreign Ministers as saying about maritime security in a statement on Monday.
The G-7 countries urged all states to stop reclamation and militarization in the disputed territories.
So far, China has built several artificial islands and airstrips in the disputed territory provoking Japan to step-up its criticism of China’s activities.
G-7 is an international organization of world’s biggest economies. It was established for the purpose of facilitating economic cooperation. Its members are the U.S., Japan, France, Germany, UK, Italy and Canada.