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photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Ta | Credit: USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76)
Beijing accuses US of entering its waters around islands also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan without permission.
Announcement comes after Beijing criticised the US for sending Navy ships into the strategic area.
President Joe Biden took aim at China in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday, pledging to maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific and promising to boost technological development and trade.
The Chinese defence ministry urged the United States on Thursday to rein in its frontline forces which Beijing has said have become more active in the air and seas near China this year.
China has warned the United States “not to play with fire” on Taiwan issues after the Department of State updated its guidelines easing restrictions on meetings between US officials and their counterparts from the island, which Beijing claims as its own.
Chinese scientists on a marine research vessel carry out the drill in unnamed location as US amphibious assault ships head to the region.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, in a phone call on Thursday, expressed their shared concerns about Chinese militia vessels in South China Sea, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.
The U.S. Navy’s Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) entered the South China Sea on April 4 to conduct routine operations, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday.