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Passed Senate without amendment (08/02/2012)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Reaffirms U.S. support for the 2002 declaration of conduct of parties in the South China Sea among the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

Urges all parties to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate disputes and stability, including refraining from inhabiting presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, and other features.

Supports a diplomatic process by all claimants for resolving outstanding territorial and jurisdictional disputes.

Supports U.S. Armed Forces operations in the Western Pacific, including in the South China Sea, in support of freedom of navigation, the maintenance of peace, respect for international law, and unimpeded lawful commerce.