The ships carried out maneuvering operations near Tree, Lincoln, Triton and Woody islands in the Paracels, one of the officials said.
The chief spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defense, Senior Col. Wu Qian, said the American military had "seriously violated China's sovereignty, [and] undermined strategic mutual trust".
Subtropical Storm Alberto moves through Caribbean The Weather Service office in Jacksonville said the disturbed weather could create an elevated risk of rip currents at the beach. As we have seen in years past, environmental conditions sometimes allow for development before the hurricane season begins.
The Chinese confronted the U.S. ships and warned them to leave, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement posted on its website, but other details of the encounter were not immediately clear.
"China will continue to take all necessary measures to defend the country's sovereignty and security", the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted in another statement.
The U.S. warships were carrying out "freedom of navigation" operations, also called FONOPS, which the Navy says are a means to challenge excessive maritime claims and uphold rights to use of the sea under worldwide law.
The Pentagon cited strong evidence that China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile systems and electronic jammers to contested areas in the Spratly Islands.
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But China will miss out on the exercises this year, which are held in Hawaii, following Mattis' decision.
It also follows the United States' decision to disinvite the Chinese People's Liberation Army-Navy from the 2018 iteration of the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
China's Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi said the USA decision to exclude it from RIMPAC was 'very non-constructive'.
Trump's cancellation of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has put further strain on U.S.
Aussie grandma sentenced to death for trafficking En route from Shanghai to Melbourne, Exposto said a friend of the man had asked she take a black backpack across with her. Malaysia is amending laws that no longer bind judges to hand down mandatory death sentences for drug mules .
Chinese officials have accused Washington of viewing their country in suspicious, "Cold War" terms.
According to Palestinian Health Ministry data from May 24, a total of 119 people have been killed , including 14 children. It added that " no injuries to IDF soldiers were reported ", without revealing details of any civilian casualties.
The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Now they go back to Houston where the role players are more consistent and the whistle tends to favor the otherside.
The Reds boss told reporters in the wake of a 3-1 defeat: "It's a really serious injury and the shock of the boys was obvious". But the Real skipper sent a tweet to Salah, wishing him a speedy recovery.
If ZTE agrees to implement the administration's demands, the Commerce Department will lift the ban on purchasing USA products. ZTE shut down most of its production after the ruling was announced, and warned it would drive the company bankrupt.
President Donald Trump says negotiations over a potential summit with the leader of North Korea are "going along very well". Moon said, noting that the summit was in line with previous agreements for the two leaders to meet more often.
Truth be told, James is probably also feeling the mental strain of dragging a woeful supporting cast to the finish line. Boston, on the other hand, finished as the two seed in the Eastern Conference without their two best players.
The feature prevents selected accounts from appearing in a user's Twitter mentions - effectively blocking them from Trump's view. The Knight Institute hopes that the ruling against Trump will set a precedent for other public officials across the country.
President Donald Trump said Saturday that the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month is still on. The prime minister said he plans to hold talks with Trump over the telephone soon after returning to Japan.
Cook and Jonny Bairstow dug in with a partnership of 57 before Bairstow was bowled for 27 by Faheem Ashraf. As England succumbed to yet another batting collapse, Root was quietly compiling an encouraging innings.
Nielsen's remarks, which come amid her reported tensions with Trump over immigration, sparked instant condemnation. She stopped short of saying Russian Federation tried to sway the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor.
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Danica Patrick can't explain crash in final Indy 500
Patrick started the race seventh and ran inside the top 16 before getting loose and hitting the wall on Lap 67. He posted throughout the day about the race, and he even streamed the whole event from inside his vehicle .
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Ireland's government will be posed to consider legislation that would permit abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Sinn Fein's party leaders from both sides of the border held up a placard at Dublin Castle reading: " The North is next ".
Energy ETFs Plunge as OPEC Looks to Higher Production
Crude oil prices fell Wednesday after the Energy Information Adminstration reported a massive increase in crude oil stockpiles. A dearth of pipelines in West Texas' Permian Basin, the most prolific USA oil play, is leaving supplies trapped in the region.