The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations called on China on Wednesday to resolve tension around the Taiwan Strait in a peaceful manner.
The comments come after China demonstrated its outrage over a visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a burst of military activity in surrounding waters.
"There is no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait. It is normal and routine for legislators from our countries to travel internationally," the G7 foreign ministers said in a statement released in Germany.
They added that China's escalatory response risked increasing tensions and destabilising the region.