South China Sea

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential security implications of China's naval expansion into the South China Sea; and what steps his Department is taking in response to such expansion.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Secretary of State for Defence

The UK is concerned about tensions in the South China Sea and the effect that these could have on regional peace and security and global prosperity. We have every interest in maintaining regional stability, respect for freedom of navigation and freedom of overflight. We call on all parties to refrain from activity likely to raise tensions, including land reclamation, construction and militarisation. We urge all parties to exercise restraint and behave responsibly, employing dialogue and diplomacy rather than force or coercion.

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