US Navy destroyer conducts operation in South China Sea

2011 the USS John S. Mc Cain destroyer sails off the coast of Vietnam

China has expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" over the US Navy's latest freedom of navigation operation, in which a warship sailed past one of China's man-made islands in the strategic South China Sea.

This was the US Navy's third such mission under Donald Trump's presidency.

Earlier, Mr Wang said talks on a nonaggression pact aimed at preventing clashes from erupting in the South China Sea may start this year if "outside parties" do not cause a major disruption, in an apparent reference to Washington and allies such as Japan.

"China is resolutely opposed to this kind of show of force and pushing of regional militarization by the US that may easily cause an unexpected incident at sea or in the air", it said in a statement.

In July, a US warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam.

Nicole Schwegman, spokeswoman for the US Pacific Fleet, said US military forces operate in the Asia Pacific region on a daily basis. US officials say the military will continue to sail, fly and operate wherever permitted by global law. "It's true in other places around the world, as well", Nauert said.

Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the situation in the South China Sea has "stabilised" due to the "joint efforts" of China and neighbouring countries but the USA operation threatened "peace and stability in the region".

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Cayetano's approach on how to deal with China' extensive claim to the resource-rich waters was just "overly-interpreted". It was not immediately clear whether the Chinese demanded the USA destroyer leave as they have done in the past.

North Island of the Paracel Islands, November 11, 2016.

China has territorial disputes with its neighbours over the area.

China's "nine-dash line" - its claimed territorial waters that extend hundreds of miles to the south and east of its island province of Hainan - abut its neighbors' claims and, in some cases, encroach upon them.

Its sweeping claims overlap with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei - all Asean members - as well as Taiwan.

"China is very displeased with this and will bring up the issue with the U.S. side", the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted in its official website late Thursday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS John S. McCain travelled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals.

The Foreign Ministry also said tensions have eased because of regional efforts.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday the operation had violated Chinese and global law, "seriously" impairing the country's sovereignty and security as well as "endangering lives".

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