The spokesman also called the United States move "provocative and arbitrary", which he said "undermined strategic mutual trust between the two militaries".
The U.S. ships were performing so-called "freedom of navigation operations" meant to exercise the U.S. right to navigate the waters under global law, as China's claims over the South China Sea aren't internationally recognized.
"We conduct routine and regular freedom of navigation operations, as we have done in the past and will continue to do so in the future", the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement.
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In a speech during a flag-raising celebration at the Department of Foreign Affairs Monday, Cayetano defended the Philippine government from allegations they were taking a soft policy on Chinese militarization of the South China Sea.
Despite the naval drill being planned months in advance it comes at a sensitive time as the Pentagon had uninvited China from a major US-hosted naval drill.
Critics of the United States naval operations have said that they have little impact on Chinese behaviour and are largely symbolic.
Apart from being a critical global trade route, the South China Sea is estimated to hold around 11 billion barrels of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in proved and probable reserves, with conventional hydrocarbons mostly residing in undisputed territory, according to the EIA.
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"But whether that all forms part of a shaping up, coherent US strategy for the South China Sea remains anyone's guess until D.C. clarifies it in detail".
The foreign ministry issued a statement expressing "resolute opposition" to the USA sail-by of the territory in the disputed Paracel Island chain on Sunday. China has refused to acknowledge the arbitral ruling and continues to claim the South China Sea in its entirety.
And earlier this month, China's air force landed bombers on disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the region, triggering concern from Vietnam and the Philippines. RIMPAC is the world's largest maritime military exercise and is held bi-annually in Hawaii, usually in June and July.
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