A Chinese ship (L) fires a water cannon at a Vietnamese Coast Guard ship on the East Sea near the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands on May 2, 2014. REUTERS
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs passed a resolution on Thursday that called, again, for the peaceful and collaborative resolution of maritime and jurisdictional disputes in the waters that make up the Pacific Rim.
House Resolution 714, introduced by Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, also reaffirmed the strong support of the U.S. government for freedom of navigation and other internationally lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region.
It urges China to refrain from implementing the declared East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which violates the freedom of overflight in international airspace, and to refrain from taking similar provocative actions elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.
It also urges the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), US allies and partners, and all claimants to fairly resolve their outstanding disputes and develop a Code of Conduct for the East Sea, also known as South China Sea.
The resolution supports US efforts to support freedom of navigation in international waters and air space in the East Sea and the East China Sea.