Duterte will go to war over South China Sea: Minister

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China

US officials said the two ships conducted operations within 12 nautical miles of four Paracel islands, including Tree, Lincoln, Triton, and Woody.

In the United States explain the actions of American warships the need to resist the restrictions on the freedom of navigation in the South China sea, which is set in Beijing.

But he said it was unfair to single out China for its advanced militarization in the South China Sea. "All operations are conducted in accordance with worldwide law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever global law allows", the Pentagon said in a statement to Fox News.

On May 18, China announced that it had, for the first time, landed its H-6K strategic bomber on an outpost in the Paracels, Woody Island.

Satellite photographs taken on May 12 showed China appeared to have deployed truck-mounted surface-to-air missiles or anti-ship cruise missiles at Woody Island. He said the Philippines could seek the help of its ally countries to pressure China to stop its military activities.

Beijing claims a huge swathe of territory across the South China Sea, known as the "nine-dash line", from its southern Hainan province all the way down to the waters north of Malaysia. The Defense Ministry said that the Chinese military "took immediate action, deploying ships and aircraft to identify the US vessels and issued warnings to drive them away".

The move comes at a sensitive time between the United States and China.

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The U.S. action seriously infringed upon Chinese sovereignty because the warships entered Chinese territorial waters without permission, the ministry said in a short statement.

This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.

"The Chinese side strongly urges the USA side to immediately stop such kind of provocative operations that violate China's sovereignty and threaten China's security", he said, noting that Beijing will continue to take all necessary measures to defend national sovereignty and security.

The Ministry of Defense also responded to the provocation. After the US Pacific Fleet stated that Sunday's operations were merely part of the Freedom of Navigation Operations which were initiated routinely by the US Navy, the Chinese government was silent for a while, until their Defence and Foreign Ministers decided against it.

The operation also clearly angered many Chinese netizens, who took to the Internet to protest the provocation.

Lu clarified that the relevant Chinese law has explicit provisions on foreign military vessels' entry into the territorial sea of China.

The foreign secretary remains resolute saying both the Philippines and China have set rules, relating to the South China Sea dispute, which must be respected by either party.

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