Washington: Two key US lawmakers have introduced a resolution in the Senate, condemning the use of force by Chinese government in the South China Sea.

The resolution has been introduced in the wake of the May 26 incident wherein a maritime security vessel from China cut the cables of another exploration ship from Vietnam in the South China Sea, in waters near Cam Ranh Bay.

Introduced by Senators Jim Webb and James Inhofe, chair and ranking member of Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, the resolution called on all parties to seek a peaceful resolution to dispute.

It also supports the continuation of operations by US Armed Forces to assert and defend freedom of navigation rights in international waters and air space in the South China Sea.