2014-05-09T214041Z_1_CBREA481O7X00_RTROPTP_2_CHINA-SEAS-TENSIONS

U.S. lawmakers call Chinese actions in South China Sea 'troubling'

A Chinese ship uses water cannon on a Vietnamese Sea Guard ship on the South China Sea near the Paracels islandsSix U.S. senators urged their colleagues on Friday to support legislation reaffirming U.S. support for freedom of navigation, saying they consider China’s recent actions in the South China Sea troubling. China this week accused Vietnam of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South China Sea after Vietnam asserted that Chinese vessels used water cannon and rammed eight of its vessels during the weekend near an oil rig China deployed in a disputed area. “These actions threaten the free flow of global commerce in a vital region,” Democratic Senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida, Jim Risch of Idaho and John McCain of Arizona said in a joint statement.

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