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Parliamentary questions
23 March 2017
E-002011-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Charles Tannock (ECR)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Situation in the South China Sea
 Answer(s) 

On 17 March 2017, China announced its plans to build on the contested Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. This announcement is expected to compound the already tense situation between China and its neighbouring states, which has attracted the attention of the USA. The EU has adopted a policy until now of acknowledging the arbitration court ruling in 2016 in favour of the Philippines, maintaining a policy of neutrality overall.

1. Given the EU’s strong economic ties to both China and the USA, how does the EU plan to contribute to the de-escalation efforts in the region?

2. Is the EU willing to stand with the international community and speak out against China’s claims to over 85% of the South China Sea?

3. Given that China has a tremendous advantage over its neighbours in bilateral negotiations, will the EU commit to emphasising multilateral negotiations?

Last updated: 10 April 2017Legal notice