Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations have issued a statement after finishing their meeting...The statement saying that the ministers share concerns about China as it pushes ahead with the "One Belt One Road" economic initiative.
The foreign ministers wrapped up two days of talks in the French city of Dinard. Six foreign ministers and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who attended on behalf of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, issued a joint communique on Saturday.
The statement added that the ministers of the group of seven industrialized nations share concerns about China's inadequate intellectual property protection and the unfair trade practices, encouraging the country to participate responsibly in the free and open international rule-based system.
The paper also says the ministers remain seriously concerned about the situation in the East and South China seas where China has increased its maritime activity.
They stress the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region based on the rule of law.
The ministers urge North Korea to continue discussions with the United States on denuclearization.
They say that they remain committed to the goal of achieving complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all of the North's weapons of mass destruction and related delivery system programs.
The communique says that they further commit to countering North Korea's sanctions-evasion tactics, including prohibited ship-to-ship transfers of goods.
They also urge Pyongyang to resolve the abductions issue immediately.
Speaking to reporters, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who chaired the meeting, expressed concern about the global spread of protectionism.
He warned that multilateral frameworks, such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, are at risk.
Le Drian said France, Japan, Germany and Canada have formed an alliance to protect the multilateral frameworks.
He added that he wants to revive multilateralism, and that the alliance seeks to be the driving force to achieve that goal.