China has a dispute with Japan over a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea whereas its claims to the South China Sea are challenged by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as Taiwan.
China’s foreign ministry said the framework had been agreed upon but gave no details of its contents.
A diverse range of operational activities at sea have been planned during the course of the exercise.
There is no change in our position. China has indisputable sovereignty over SCS islands and adjacent Waters,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
“The actions of China in militarising those disputed features are very troubling,” Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.
A commentary by Xinhua news agency said China and Vietnam are looking forward to a promising future in relations
“Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish,” said an editorial.
The training and tests were normal arrangements in accordance with annual plan made by the navy.
The comments came after images released by the US-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) showed a series of hexagonal structures on each of seven islets China constructed on uninhabitable rocks and reefs.
“We will not allow the shared domains to be closed down unilaterally, no matter how many bases are built on artificial features in the South China Sea,” Admiral Harry Harris said.
Philippines’ did this to avoid antagonising China with whom its mending ties.
Chinese counterpart rescued two Filipino fishermen in bad weather in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal.
Some buoys have been installed west of the Manila Trench, which has the potential to generate a tsunami event in the South China Sea
China says that it is open to hold bilateral talks with Manila to discuss South-China sea disputes
China unilaterally established an ADIZ over a disputed region of the South China Sea in December 2013, demanding all aircraft submit flight plans when traversing the zone.