A U.S. official said the warships had approached the islands on Monday to counter Chinese claims of domination over the entire South China Sea.
At the start of next month, United States tariffs on $200billion (£155billion) worth of Chinese imports are set to more than double from 10% to 25%.
Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing that the ships entered the waters without China's permission.
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.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet confirmed the FONOP Monday afternoon with global media, stating that the operation was conducted "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by worldwide law".
As U.S. -China trade negotiations resumes with deputy level meetings, the two countries are trying to hammer out a deal before the March 1 deadline.
"The US action violated the Chinese laws and global laws, infringed China's sovereignty, damaged regional peace, security, and order", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at the time.
China's foreign ministry expressed anger on Monday after the warships sailed in the disputed South China Sea.
The operation was the US's latest attempt to counter what it sees as China's mission to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters where Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian navies operated.
The Navy sent USS Preble, left, and USS Spruance, right, near the Chinese manmade island of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region. In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell sailed within 22kms of the Paracel Islands.
The destroyers conducted the passage, illustrating the continuing USA military presence in the area, to which China routinely has objected.
It's not Christian Hackenberg's fault that the Jets took him in the second round of the 2016 National Football League draft. For the inaugural game, the Alliance of American Football averaged 2.913 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire state for a period of snow, followed by a change to wintry mix and rain. A special weather statement has been issued for Waterloo Region, Wellington County and much of Southern Ontario.
Murray picking football over baseball is no surprise at all; for MLB, that may be the worst part of it all. There's officially a big-time quarterback available for National Football League teams to consider.
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It's just that I simply don't believe Tennessee and Gonzaga have done anything to deserve to drop below the Blue Devils. The rest of the country must accept this reality: When Duke hits 3-pointers, it is almost impossible to beat.
But it was rejected by the UK Parliament and if it is not approved by Brexit day, the default position would be a no-deal Brexit. But there is no commitment to hold a binding vote on the deal itself by the end of the month.
I will continue to give the 100% and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin". Ramsey was free to open talks with any club from 1 January 2019 as he was in the final six months of his contract.
He plans to continue making his case for increased border security, which includes funding for the border wall. Trump's rally comes just four days before the possibility of another government shutdown.
It was the largest comeback in the National Basketball Association in the last two seasons and the largest in Clippers history. This is what we're going with. "It's unacceptable what we did tonight for a team of our caliber".
Canadians deserve answers on PMO legal interference
Both Scheer and Singh argue the issue cuts to the heart of our democracy and independent system of justice. Singh accused the government of sacrificing justice in the interests of a multinational corporation.
Six Nations: Ireland relaunch with win over Scotland
Scotland dominated the Irish during the first half but two defensive slips allowed Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale in to score. We felt we'd done alright in some areas, and were pretty poor in others with some silly mistakes.
Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts
The bottleneck has caused problems for PDVSA to continue producing and refining oil without imported diluents and components. Last year, when asked by Iran for support, OPEC did not issue any formal comments on the US sanctions on Iran either.
Brewing storm could bring 25-35 cm of snow to North Bay
Our storm system will surge northward late Monday night , once again spreading wintry weather throughout the Garden State. Download the WILX Weather Authority App for the latest radar and updated forecast on your smartphone.