China has accused the United States of violating its sovereignty after a USA missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.
"We strongly urge the U.S. side to immediately correct its mistake and stop making such provocative moves so as to avoid undermining China-U.S. relations and regional peace and stability".
"The United States can take care of its own interest", Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said after China protested against the presence of a U.S. warship near the disputed territory.
"The Chinese navy carried out identification and verification procedures in accordance with the law and warned the U.S. vessel to leave", Lu said.
China seized Huangyan from the Philippines in 2012.
News of the encounter follows yesterday's release of a new United States defence strategy that says America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russian Federation. Manila continues to claim sovereignty over the feature.
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Two U.S. officials have confirmed the trip's voyage to The Guardian, adding that the "patrol was in line with worldwide law and was an "innocent passage", in which a warship effectively recognizes a territorial sea by crossing it quickly, without stopping".
Global law, under normal circumstances, gives countries sovereignty over waters 12 nautical miles from their coastlines.
China, which claims about 90 percent of South China Sea, started occupying the shoal in 2011 after Chinese surveillance ships stopped the Philippine Navy from arresting Chinese fishermen who had poached endangered marine species.
The Philippines has sparred with China for decades over what it says is aggressive conduct at the Scarborough Shoal.
News of the encounter follows Friday's (January 19) release of a new United States national defence strategy that says America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russian Federation.
The US has criticised China for constructing islands and military installations in the region, saying they could be used to restrict free nautical movement. A spokesperson said on Saturday that the "situation is stabilized" in the waters and that "the United States has repeatedly sent warships illegally into the adjacent waters of the South China Sea islands and reefs".
Zhang said she expected to see more frequent confrontations between the U.S. and Chinese militaries in the South China Sea, with Washington putting China and Russian Federation at the centre of its new national defence strategy.