“A growing number of nations around the South China Sea are now voicing serious concerns about China’s pattern of intimidation," said Webb in a statement released after the resolution cleared the Senate.

In one such altercation in June, a Chinese maritime security vessel allegedly rammed a Vietnamese exploration ship in an area generally recognized to be within Vietnam’s territorial waters.

A similar incident occurred in May involving Japanese territory and vessels.


The resolution, S.Res.217, “deplores” China’s use of force and encourages all parties to seek a peaceful solution.