Vietnam welcomes US House’s support for peaceful resolution of maritime disputes

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Vietnam acclaims the US House of Representatives’ adoption on Dec. 4 of a resolution which supports efforts to resolve maritime territorial disputes in the East Sea (South China Sea) by peaceful measures, the foreign ministry said Friday.
Vietnam "backs all efforts to make active, effective and constructive contributions to maintaining peace, stability, security and safety" of navigation and aviation in the region, ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said.
The US House of Representatives' resolution stressed the need for a peaceful resolution of maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
It 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 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.

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