On July 29, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Senate Resolution 167, sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which calls for the peaceful resolution of maritime and territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas.
Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN), as well as Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee authored the resolution with Menendez.
"The territorial disputes at play in the Asia-Pacific region today are not about the past, but very much about the future of a region poised to serve as an epicenter for global economic development for the twenty first century," said Menendez. "With a long history of engagement in the region, the United States has a vital interest in working with all nations in developing, institutionalizing, and sustaining a rules-based order for the area. That starts with putting in place effective mechanisms to manage maritime disputes that destabilize the region, and supporting and encouraging the peaceful resolution of disputes in the Asia-Pacific maritime domain."