The Group of Seven (G7) Summit 2015 wrapped up in Germany on June 8, adopting a joint communiqué which shows concern over current tensions in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea).

In the communiqué, G7 leaders emphasised the need to maintain a rules-based order in the maritime domain on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“We are concerned by tensions in the East and South Chine Seas. We underline the importance of peaceful dispute settlement as well as free and unimpeded lawful use of the world’s oceans,” they said.

The leaders also affirmed that they 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”.-VNA