“As Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I strongly oppose the efforts by the People’s Republic of China to unilaterally declare sovereignty over areas of territory in the East China and South China Seas,”
Ed Royce, Republican chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, urging the Chinese government to “respect international law and seek a diplomatic solution to territorial disputes,” and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to “speak with one voice to urge China to cease further aggressive action and negotiate in good faith.”
"We're not going to stand by and let you (China) bully people into things. This is about being a present and credible participant in the challenge for influence in the Pacific."
General Mike Hostage, chief of US’s Air Force Combat Command, said in an interview with the USA Today, adding that if left unchecked, the Chinese could use force and intimidation to accomplish its foreign policy goals.