12.16.16

Gardner Statement on China’s Seizure of U.S. Navy Equipment

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today released the below statement on reports that China seized a U.S. Navy underwater vehicle in the South China Sea:

“This brazenly hostile act is outrageous and must be met with a firm response. The U.S. Navy was operating in international waters conducting a standard exercise, and China should return the underwater vehicle immediately,” said Gardner. “As a start, I urge the Administration to recall the U.S. Ambassador to China until the U.S. Navy’s property is returned and a formal apology is issued. The United States must send a message to China, unilaterally and through the United Nations, that if its hostile behavior in the South China Sea continues, there will be repercussions.” 

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 Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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