Representatives call for peaceful solutions in troubled waters.
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives passed a resolution on November 20 condemning the actions and the use of force to impede freedom of navigation in the East Sea and the East China Sea. It also reaffirms the need for a peaceful and collaborative solution to maritime and jurisdictional disputes in the two seas, as provided for by universally-recognized principles of international law.
Resolution H.Res. 714 confirms the strong support of the US Government for freedom of navigation and other lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region.
It also urges China to refrain from implementing the declared East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and to refrain from taking similar actions elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Resolution also asks ASEAN, US allies and partners, and all claimants to identify rational and peaceful measures to resolve outstanding disputes, including through developing a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.