Chairman Salmon Celebrates Freedom of Navigation Exercise in the South China Sea

Feb 1, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released the following statement after the U.S.S. Curtis Wilber exercised the U.S.'s freedom to navigate in international waters.

“I fully support and commend the United States Navy’s freedom of navigation operation this past weekend that challenged excessive maritime claims in the South China Sea.  The U.S.S. Curtis Wilber’s innocent passage within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, a disputed island in the Paracels, challenged excessive claims that seek to restrict the rights of the United States and other countries without basis. The right for countries to freely navigate through these waters is guaranteed by international treaty. It is my expectation that the Administration and our Navy will continue to exercise these rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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