Britain Aligns With US on Response to S China Sea Case

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:42 AM

S. in supporting an upcoming ruling by an international tribunal in a case that challenges the legality of China'south expansive territorial claims in the S China Sea.

Britain says it'll stand alongside the U. S. in supporting an upcoming ruling by an international tribunal in a case that challenges the legality of China'south expansive territorial claims in the S China Sea.

Beijing says the Permanent Ct of Arbitration in the Hague, which is hearing the case, has number jurisdiction in the matter. The case was brought by the Philippines in two thousand-thirteenth and a ruling is expected by mid-year.

Hugo Swire, British minister of state for the foreign office, told a WA think tank Monday that growing tensions in the S China Sea are driven by China'south assertive actions. He said any ruling by the Ct should be binding on both parties.

Swire pushed back against perceptions that Britain is unwilling to challenge Beijing because it wants Chinese investment.

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