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South China Sea

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Frank Roy Frank Roy Labour, Motherwell and Wishaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether territorial disputes in the South China Sea would have an adverse effect on British exports to the region.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The South China Sea is an important shipping route for British and world trade. We estimate that around £40 billion of the UK's total trade in goods passes through annually. We judge that the territorial disputes can be managed without any adverse effect on British exports to the region, provided all the parties to the disputes seek peaceful solutions in accordance with international law and ensure that the freedom of navigation is maintained. This is what we have called for.

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