SPF/HFAC Hearing: South China Sea Maritime Disputes, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces of the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 7, 2016   [open pdf - 647KB]

This testimony compilation is from the July 7, 2016 hearing on "SPF/HFAC [Seapower and Projection Forces/House Foreign Affairs Committee] Hearing: South China Sea Maritime Disputes" before a Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. From the statement of Colin Willett, "The importance of the South China Sea to global commerce and regional stability cannot be overstated, with estimates of more than half the world's merchant fleet tonnage passing through these waters. The sea lines of communication are lifelines to the dynamic economies of Northeast Asia; the bulk of the energy supply for Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan pass through this body of water, as well as a significant amount of China's trade volume. The South China Sea also serves as an important transit route and operational theater for the U.S. and other regional militaries, including those of our allies and partners. It allows us to shift military assets between the Pacific to the Indian Ocean regions to respond efficiently to transnational challenges ranging from natural disasters to the outbreak of armed conflict." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Abraham M. Denmark and Colin Willett.

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