G-7 leaders pledge to promote growth

(Clockwise from left) British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Ange
(Clockwise from left) British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande taking part in a G-7 session in Shima, Japan, on May 27. PHOTO: REUTERS

Leaders of seven of the world's most advanced industrialised economies ended a summit yesterday in Ise-Shima, central Japan, issuing a 32-page communique that included a pledge to promote global economic growth, and warning about the risks of Brexit and industrial overcapacity, especially in steel.

They also expressed concern about disputes in the East China and South China seas, without mentioning Beijing by name. Other issues included North Korea, terrorism and the migrant crisis in Europe.

The G-7 grouping comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

After leaving the summit, US President Barack Obama flew to Hiroshima, becoming the first sitting US leader to visit the city, which was obliterated by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2016, with the headline 'G-7 leaders pledge to promote growth'. Print Edition | Subscribe