Hua said that China expressed firm opposition and dissatisfaction at the move.
A U.S. official said the warships had approached the islands on Monday to counter Chinese claims of domination over the entire South China Sea.
But Hua slammed the USA, arguing that "China has indisputable sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea, including the Second Thomas Shoal, Mischief Reef, and the adjacent waters".
"The relevant actions of the United States warships violated Chinese sovereignty and undermined peace, security, and order in the relevant sea areas. That is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe", he said.
Aerial view on the The Spratly Islands, one of the major archipelagos in the South China Sea.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet confirmed the FONOP Monday afternoon with worldwide media, stating that the operation was conducted "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by global law". The deployment is seen as the latest attempt by Washington to stand up to what it believes are attempts by Beijing to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and other Southeast Asian navies operate. The official said Monday's operation focused on Mischief Reef, a location claimed by China, Vietnam and the Philippines. In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell challenged China's claims to the Paracel Islands. In September, a Chinese warship came within just 45 yards of a US destroyer, raising concerns about the possibility of tensions boiling over into conflict. The operation was conducted to demonstrate that the U.S.
Washington has hit back in the past, claiming it is countering Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea by building army installations on artificial reefs and islands.
It has claimed the United States is responsible for ratcheting up war fears in the region by sending warships and military planes close to territory China believes it is entitled to.
The two countries are also at loggerheads over regional security, with the United States offering support to the island nation of Taiwan, which China also claims as its own.
The newly released images brought crucial data to the scientists who strung 14 of these images into a short departure movie. The new images, taken when New Horizons was almost 9,000km from Ultima Thule , will give Moore's team plenty to chew over.
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Casey is playing with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx. 9 and 10, and then recovered brilliantly. Former US Open victor Lucas Glover (70) and fellow American Scott Piercy (69) share third at 11 under.
Their last seven opponents have been under 70 points and they'll be in a great position to win if they can make that eight games. They get the chance to build on the momentum gained tonight next week as they hit the road to take on Colorado and Utah.
Top US officials have attacked China for everything from human rights abuses to cyber espionage in America. Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan have competing claims in the region.
MSU opened the fourth going four of five from the floor while UT went cold, hitting just one of three in the opening two minutes. As a result, their entire offense was about trying to push the ball in transition and hoping they could hit some outside shots.
This is set to be the first time that Gael Monfils and Daniil Medvedev will be playing each other at an ATP event. Tsonga next plays Radu Albot of Macedonia, who won 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) against qualifier Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.
May rejects pivot towards Brexit customs union compromise
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Cardi B beats the boys to win rap album honours at Grammys
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Katy Perry ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Stores
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'I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing'
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