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Chinese experts warn Japan against criticizing Beijing at G7 meeting

June 04, 2014, 14:27 UTC+3 BEIJING

Japan will use meeting for “overplaying the so called Chinese threat to regional security as a good excuse to lift the ban from participation in collective self-defence”, expert says

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BEIJING, June 04. /ITAR-TASS/. China opposes Japan’s attempts to joint declaration condemning China’s stance on the issues in the East and South China Sea at the G7 meeting on Wednesday, Huánqiú Shíbào daily quotes Chinese analysts as saying. Such an approach is based on Tokyo’s own political agenda, says the paper.

Japan will use the declaration with all its strength, “overplaying the so called Chinese threat to regional security as a good excuse to revise its pacifist constitution and lift the ban from participation in collective self-defence”, believes the director of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in Haikou, Wu Shicun.

Speaking of future EU-Chinese cooperation, Wu Shicun said the economic crisis and the situation in Ukraine were the most urgent issues for the European countries, and to resolve them they would need China’s assistance.

An expert from Fudan University, Shanghai, Wu Xinbo, believes the US can adopt a tough line against China. “The Obama Administration has had a tough year in terms of international politics. It lost scores in the Ukrainian crisis competing with its old-time opponent Russia, while its strategy in the Middle East has ended in a stalemate,” he said. “Criticism of China will lend the image of the US Administration additional toughness and help rescue the doubtful strategy of rebalancing the Asia Pacific region.”

Even if G7 approves the declaration, its impact will be rather limited, experts say.

The declaration follows the recent deterioration in the territorial dispute between China and Vietnam over the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea where China has recently installed an oil rig.

The dispute that also concerns the neighbouring Spratly archipelago is multinational, with several countries involved as experts predict considerable hydrocarbon resources off the islands’ coast. Partial or full rights for the territories are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines. Japan’s active interest in the regional conflicts is due to its own dispute with China over the Shenkaku Islands in the East China Sea (referred to as Diaoyu in China).

The meeting of G7 (Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, the US, France and Japan) leaders will reportedly discuss the crisis in Ukraine and relations with Russia, including a possible comeback to the G8 format.

According to the spokesperson of the EU external action service, the summit will consider different approaches to further relations with Russia and try to use the new impetus provided by the presidential election in Ukraine to stabilize the situation in the country.

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