First ever resolution passed by the US House of Representatives supporting efforts to solve disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures.
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on December 4 stressing the need for a peaceful solution to maritime and jurisdictional disputes in the East Sea and the East China Sea on the basis of international law. The resolution, coded H.Res-174, is the first of its kind and its adoption shows the deep concern of US lawmakers about the increasingly complicated developments in the region.
The resolution reaffirms the US government’s strong support for freedom of navigation and other internationally lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region. It also condemns the use of force to impede these freedoms in international maritime domains and airspace.
The US House of Representatives, the resolution states, does not recognize the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), declared by China, and urges China to refrain from taking similar provocative actions elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, including in the East Sea.
“Vietnam praises the US House of Representatives for ratifying a resolution supporting efforts for the peaceful settlement of disputes in the East Sea on the basis of international law towards the finalization of a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea,” said Ministry of Foreign Affair Spokesperson Le Hai Binh on December 4 in response to media questions about the resolution.