May 25, 2016 / 10:37 AM / 2 years ago

Britain encourages all to abide by tribunal decision on South China Sea: PM

TOKONAME, Japan (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron, who arrived in Japan on Wednesday for a Group of Seven summit, encouraged Beijing and others to abide by a looming ruling by an international tribunal on a territorial row between China and the Philippines.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

Asked whether China had to abide by the ruling, Cameron told reporters: “We believe that it is in Britain’s interests, in all our interests, to have a world that is based on adhering to the institutions of that world, and the rules of that world.

“That suits us, that is good for us and it is good for the world so we want to encourage China to be part of that rules-based world. We encourage everyone to abide by these adjudications and Britain has always taken that view and I am sure that will be something that we discuss.”

Tension between the Philippines and China has risen as an international tribunal in the Hague prepares to deliver a ruling in the next few months in a case lodged by Manila in 2013 that could undermine Beijing’s claims to 90 percent of the South China Sea. China has rejected the court’s authority.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Robert Birsel

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