The Permanent Court of Arbitration will govern next Tuesday for the situation brought by the Philippines, a US associate.
A worldwide tribunal administering one week from now on a test to China's sweeping cases in the South China Sea could figure out if the locale is ruled by law or "crude counts of force," US authorities have said.
Yet, the authorities affirming at a congressional listening to declined on Thursday, to say whether any move by China to mobilize more debated area elements would incite a US military reaction.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration will lead next Tuesday for the situation brought by the Philippines, a US partner.
China is boycotting the case in The Hague-based court and says it won't acknowledge the decision.
Abraham Denmark, delegate right hand secretary of barrier for East Asia, encouraged both sides to conform to the decision.
Denmark said it is opportunity to decide "whether the Asia-Pacific's future will be characterized by adherence to global laws and standards that have empowered it to succeed, or whether the locale's future will be controlled by crude computations of force."
Rep. Randy Forbes, the Virginia Republican who seats the House subcommittee on ocean power, said the world is viewing whether China carries on like a capable partner in the global framework, and, if not, to perceive how America reacts.
"What we do or don't do to bolster our partners and the tenets based worldwide framework in the weeks ahead will have echoes over the area and in different corners of the globe," Forbes said.
China asserts the majority of the South China Sea, including islands a long way from its terrain, where the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam additionally have claims.
China affirms it has notable privileges of sway and that the tribunal needs ward as it didn't agree to assertion.
It additionally says that the US should not be interceding as it is not gathering to the debate.
The US, in any case, says it has a stake in guaranteeing flexibility of route and business in oceans that convey more than a large portion of the world's shipper armada tonnage.
Senior State Department official Colin Willett told the listening to that the US won't dither to safeguard its national security interests and respect duties to Asia-Pacific associates and accomplices.