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From Washington, this is VOA News.

I’m Dave DeForest reporting.

The Chinese government is warning leaders of the Group of Seven countries to avoid worsening tensions that have arisen over conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea.

(Chinese) Foreign Minister Wang Yi Thursday called on G-7 nations to adopt what he called fair and impartial positions and to avoid double standards.

Meanwhile, an article in the official Xinhua news agency accuses the G-7 of having ulterior motives in discussing the maritime disputes.

Speaking to reporters in Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama says world leaders he has spoken with are in his words "rattled" by Donald Trump.

Trump is the likely Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race.

“They are paying very close attention to this election. I think it is fair to say they are surprised by the Republican nominee…”

Trump has made controversial statements about Hispanic immigrants and Muslims.

Businessman Donald Trump has clinched the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, according to a delegate count by The Associated Press. His last remaining challengers from the one-time 17-candidate Republican field dropped out of the race in early May.

The AP says Trump is now assured of a majority of delegates - 1,237 - at July's national Republican convention, when he will be formally nominated.

Pakistan is accusing the United States of scuttling its efforts to facilitate a negotiated end to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Pakistani foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz told a news conference in Islamabad Thursday the slain leader of the Afghan Taliban was not blocking the peace process.

U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed and defended the fatal attack.

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