The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday stressing the need for a peaceful resolution of maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
The resolution, coded H. Res-174, is the first of its kind and its adoption shows deep concern of US lawmakers about the increasingly complicated developments in the region, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The resolution re-affirms the US government's support for "freedom of navigation and other internationally lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region, and condemns the use of force to impede these freedoms in international maritime domains and airspace."
It states that the House of Representatives does not recognize the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, declared by China, and calls on China to "refrain from taking similar provocative actions elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, including in the South China Sea."
It urges the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), US allies and partners and all claimants to seek peaceful solutions to disputes by fully abiding by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea towards formulating the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, which is known in Vietnam as the East Sea.
The resolution was approved by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Nov 20.