The United States recently removed a decades-long arms ban on Vietnam during President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia.
China is extremely dissatisfied with a statement by Group of Seven (G7) leaders on the contentious South China Sea, where Beijing is locked in territorial disputes with several southeast Asian countries, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
“This G7 summit organized by Japan’s hyping up of the South China Sea issue and exaggeration of tensions is not beneficial to stability in the South China Sea and does accord with the G7’s position as a platform for managing the economies of developed nations,” Hua said. “China is extremely dissatisfied with what Japan and the G7 have done.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that Japan welcomed China’s peaceful rise while repeating Tokyo’s opposition to acts that try to change the status quo by force.