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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 1, 2016.
Affirms that it is in the U.S. national interest to become a formal signatory to the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea.
Urges the Senate to give its advice and consent to the convention's ratification.
Recommends the ratification remain a top Administration priority, having received bipartisan support from every President since 1994, and having most recently been underscored by the strategic challenges the United States faces in the Asia-Pacific region and more specifically in the South China Sea.