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G7 and QUAD support the PBBM’s call for upholding “rules-based order.”

The Group of Seven (G7) and Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) members have backed President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s efforts to safeguard the rules-based international order, Malacanang announced on Friday.

Koshikawa Kazuhiko, the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines, conveyed the message of solidarity to Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil in a letter delivered to her on May 20.

According to Garafil, the letter comprises Koshikawa’s report on the documents produced due to Japan’s recent hosting of the 2023 G7 and QUAD summits.

Garafil used Koshikawa’s letter in claiming that the twin summits produced “consequential decisions encompassing matters related to the Philippines.”

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s position to uphold the international rules-based order and safeguard peace and stability in the area was firmly backed by the conclusion document of the recently ended 2023 Group of Seven and Quadrilateral Security Dialogue meetings in Japan, she added.

Koshikawa reminded Garafil that during the G7 summit, the leaders had reaffirmed their commitment to tackling global issues and advancing universally held ideals.

The G7 leaders had emphasized their commitment to bolster coordination with regional partners, notably, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific. Stated Koshikawa.

ASEAN is planning to push for economic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

By promoting the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025 and other free trade agreements, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN aims to further economic integration, ensure financial stability and resilience, and strengthen trade and investment.

The G7 leaders’ position that China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea (SCS) had “no legal basis” was again emphasized by Koshikawa, according to Garafil.

Garafil highlighted the universal nature of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and its crucial role in establishing the legal framework in all activities in the oceans and seas when he claimed that the G7 leaders had also expressed “strong” opposition to Beijing’s militarization in the SCS.

Importantly, the leaders reaffirmed the legally binding Arbitral Tribunal ruling issued on July 12, 2016, citing it as a key accomplishment and the foundation for amicably resolving disagreements between the parties. Additionally, they agreed to promote resilience against economic coercion and reaffirmed the value of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, according to the letter she said.

In the meantime, Koshikawa informed Garafil that the QUAD leaders had reiterated their goal for a “peaceful, prosperous, and stable” region that respects the sovereignty and is free from all forms of force and intimidation during the May 20 meeting.

“Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan expressed great concern during the QUAD summit about attempts to unilaterally change the status quo in the Indo-Pacific, especially the East and South China Seas. QUAD leaders concurred that they vehemently oppose such initiatives, according to Koshikawa.

According to Garafil, QUAD leaders have also reaffirmed their commitment to upholding four guiding principles, which include working to strengthen and reform the multilateral system as well as investing in the Indo-Pacific region’s future prosperity.

According to Koshikawa’s letter, other guiding principles include respecting the centrality, autonomy, and leadership of regional institutions while firmly cooperating and engaging in transparent cooperation and open communication to produce responsive and long-lasting economic and social value.

The summits’ decisive decisions “concretize steps towards upholding an international order based on the rule of law and strengthening outreach to the Global South by working together to create a brighter future for all,” it added.

Industrialized democracies like the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom (UK) comprise the G7, an informal group. It meets once a year to talk about topics like international security, energy policy, and global economic governance.

The QUAD, on the other hand, is a security discussion between the United States, Australia, India, and Japan. The member nations, all democracies with thriving economies, deal with security, economic, and health challenges.

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