David Cameron: China must abide by ruling on South China Sea


David Cameron has warned China that it must abide by the outcome of international arbitration on its increasingly assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea – the cause of bitter disputes with the Philippines and other countries in the region.

Speaking as he arrived in Japan for the G7 summit, Cameron adopted his toughest stance yet on China’s claims, following criticism from the White House that he has been too accommodating towards Beijing.

Cameron said China must respect the ruling, expected in a few weeks, by the permanent court of arbitration in The Hague in response to a case brought by the Philippines challenging the construction of military bases in disputed waters.

“Because we are in Japan, the regional picture will be a feature of this G7,” the prime minister said, adding that it was in Britain’s interest for other counties to abide by international law.

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