BEIJING,  (Xinhua) – China on Friday said it was strongly dissatisfied with a statement by G7 members, in which they expressed concern over the South China Sea.

Leaders of the G7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — and representatives from the European Union, convened in Japan’s Ise-Shima for the summit, which ran Thursday through Friday.

“As the G7 host, Japan is hyping up the South China Sea issue and fanning the flame of tensions,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, adding that such action was not beneficial to stability in the South China Sea and does not accord with the G7’s position as a platform for managing the developed economies.

“China is strongly dissatisfied with what Japan and the G7 have done.” Hua said, urging G7 members to avoid irresponsible remarks and do more that is beneficial to regional peace and stability.