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G-7 foreign chiefs to take up South China Sea issues: U.S. spokesman

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The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven major countries are expected to take up issues in the South China Sea at their meeting in Hiroshima from Sunday, despite China’s opposition to such talks, a U.S. Department of State spokesman said Friday.

Such issues are “important to the stability of the region, so I would suggest that those topics should be on the table,” Mark Toner said at a daily news briefing.

“Our policy has been very clear. We don’t want to see any efforts to increase or escalate tensions in the South China Sea,” Toner added.

The remarks came after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier in the day warned the G-7 foreign chiefs not to discuss South China Sea issues at the two-day meeting in Hiroshima.

At a joint news conference with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in Beijing, Wang said that if some country takes up territorial issues at the G-7 meeting for political purposes, that would not help resolve the issues and would rather affect regional stability.