[Video] Secretary Clinton Testifies on the Law of the Sea Convention

Hillary ClintonSECRETARY CLINTON: [...] I’m sure you have followed the claims countries are making in the South China Sea. Although we do not have territory there, we have vital interests, particularly freedom of navigation. And I can report from the diplomatic trenches that as a party to the convention, we would have greater credibility in invoking the convention’s rules and a greater ability to enforce them.

[Video] Maritime Security in the South China Sea with John McCain

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) urged Senate action on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea at a two-day conference on maritime security in the South China Sea hosted by Ernie Bower, director of the CSIS Southeast Asia Program.  During his keynote address, Sen. McCain called China’s aggressive territorial claims in the South China Sea troubling.  He warned, however, that the United States should continue working toward better relations with China.

Press Statement: The South China Sea

ARF 2011SECRETARY CLINTON: We commend this week’s announcement that ASEAN and China have agreed on implementing guidelines to facilitate confidence building measures and joint projects in the South China Sea. This is an important first step toward achieving a Code of Conduct and reflects the progress that can be made through dialogue and multilateral diplomacy. We look forward to further progress.

[Video] Press Availability in Hanoi

Hillary ClintonSECRETARY CLINTON: [...]The United States, like every nation, has a national interest in freedom of navigation, open access to Asia’s maritime commons, and respect for international law in the South China Sea. We share these interests not only with ASEAN members or ASEAN Regional Forum participants, but with other maritime nations and the broader international community.

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