U.S. Policy Options in the South China Sea, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 13, 2016 [open pdf - 235KB]
This is the July 13, 2016 hearing on "U.S. Policy Options in the South China Sea," held before the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cyber Security. From the statement of Cory Gardner: "In the last several years, China has significantly upped the ante and undertaken a massive effort to reclaim a number of disputed features in the South China Sea and to militarize these features. According to the Department of Defense, since Chinese land reclamation efforts began in December 2013, China has reclaimed more than 2,900 acres of land and has deployed artillery, aircraft, runways, and buildings, and positioned radars and other equipment. While the United States is not directly a party to this dispute and takes no position on the sovereignty claims among the various claimants, this ruling is important to our national security for several reasons. First, the South China Sea is one of the most strategically important commercial waterways in the world. Almost 30 percent of the world's maritime trade transits the South China Sea annually, including approximately $1.2 trillion in shipborne trade and shipborne trade bound for the United States. Second, the ruling reinforces the rights of our military to operate freely in the region, utilizing our longstanding international rights of innocent passage and transit on the high seas, the rights long established by international law. " Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dennis C. Blair and Kurt M. Campbell.
S. Hrg. 114-725; Senate Hearing 114-725
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