October 19, 2018 / 12:21 PM / a month ago

UK reminds China of importance of maritime law - PM May's office

China's Premier Li Keqiang poses with Britain's counterpart Theresa May during the EU-Asia leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of international maritime law in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday, May’s office said in a statement.

“The Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s firm commitment to the rules-based international system, including the importance of freedom of navigation and maritime security, in line with international law,” the statement issued following a meeting in Brussels added.

Last month, Beijing expressed anger after a British Royal Navy warship sailed close to islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, saying Britain had engaged in “provocation”.

Reporting by William James and Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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