Chaffetz Responds to Escalations in the South China Sea

May 16, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement today regarding recent escalations by China in the South China Sea:

“China’s unilateral deployment of a state-owned oil rig in the waters of the South China/East Asia Sea off the Paracel Islands is deeply concerning. These waters are subject to an ongoing territorial dispute between China and Vietnam which must be resolved through peaceful negotiation in the appropriate bilateral and multilateral forums.

“This incident is the latest in a series of actions taken by Beijing that have contributed to a growing sense of uneasiness in the region. Upon traveling to the region recently I learned that the Vietnamese people desire what most people fundamentally desire – to live in peace and prosperity, with the respect of their neighbors. I believe the U.S. should strive to live up to its historic role of responsible leadership in the region in order to secure these blessings for both the American people and the people of the Asia-Pacific.”