Valin Posted July 14, 2014 Share Posted July 14, 2014 Thanh Nien News: An Dien HO CHI MINH CITY, July 14, 2014 A US Senate resolution which, among other things, urged China to withdraw its giant oil rig from Vietnamese waters has been welcomed by Vietnam and the Philippines, but several analysts say the move may only stoke the already simmering tensions in the region. On July 10, the divided and partisan US Senate unanimously passed a resolution affirming “the strong support of the United States government for freedom of navigation and other internationally lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region, and for the peaceful diplomatic resolution of outstanding territorial and maritime claims and disputes.” The resolution also touched on hot-button issues like the East China Sea dispute between China and Japan, the constitutional changes allowing Japan's use of the right of collective self-defense, and the Japan-US relationship. It used strong words to condemn China's "unilateral actions" to change the status quo in disputed waters, particularly Beijing's decision to declare the air defense identification zone over the East China Sea last December. (Snip) H/T Peace and Freedom Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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