Beijing ‘angered’ as 2 United States warships enter S. China Sea - spokeswoman

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If a deal wasn't made by that date, the White House has said it will raise the tariff rate on more than $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from their current level of 10%.

The operation was the second in the South China Sea reported by the US Navy this year.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea and frequently criticises the United States and its allies over naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands.

The USS Preble was one of two warships conducting the operation; they were shadowed by Chinese assets, but the interactions were routine and uneventful, according to a USA official.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing that the ships entered the waters without China's permission.

"All operations are designed in accordance with worldwide law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows", Doss added, arguing "that is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe".

Well Mark... the USS Spruance and USS Preble conducted what the U.S. Navy called a freedom of navigation operation within 22 kilometers of the Spratly Islands on Monday.

Speaking about the most recent operation, Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, told CNN that the action was meant to "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by worldwide law".

Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam also have territorial claims in the region. In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell challenged China's claims to the Paracel Islands.

The two countries have traded barbs over what United States said was Beijing's military installation building on artificial islands and reefs.

China has lashed out at the United States in the wake of another "freedom of navigation" exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea, accusing Washington of undermining "peace" and "security".

'The relevant actions of the USA warships violated Chinese sovereignty, and undermined peace, security, and order in the relevant sea areas, ' Hua said.

China defends its construction as necessary for self-defence and says it is the U.S. that is responsible for ratcheting up tensions in the region by sending warships and military planes close to islands Beijing claims.

The destroyers conducted the passage, illustrating the continuing USA military presence in the area, to which China routinely has objected.

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