US Should Expand Security Ties With Allies Amid South China Sea Ruling

© AP Photo / Bullit MarquezUS Navy amphibious assault vehicles with Philippine and US troops on board maneuver in the waters during a combined exercise in the South China Sea.
US Navy amphibious assault vehicles with Philippine and US troops on board maneuver in the waters during a combined exercise in the South China Sea. - Sputnik International
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US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said that he hopes all parties involved in the South China Sea dispute will refrain from actions undermining security and stability in the region.

Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States needs to boost its ties with allies involved in the dispute around the South China Sea, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said in a statement on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration said China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to South China Sea resources. The ruling also noted that the Chinese claims were contrary to the UN Convention on Law of the Sea.

"The United States should expand political, economic and security ties with our allies and partners and continue efforts to defend freedom of navigation and overflight through routine patrols in the East and South China Seas," Corker stated, commenting on the ruling.

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The senator added that he hopes all parties involved in the South China Sea dispute will refrain from actions undermining security and stability in the region.

A number of disputed islands, including the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands, are located in the South China Sea. Beijing’s territorial claims to the Spratly Islands, which are believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves, run against those of the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

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