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"We have to make it clear that nations need to play by the rules, and there are consequences for not doing so", Williamson said, adding that the United Kingdom will send three ships to the South China Sea this year to enforce rules-based order.

Mattis's comments appeared to be an attempt to reaffirm US' commitment to Asia's security, even as President Donald Trump's decisions to levy tariffs on allies and withdraw from global agreements raise questions about America's post war alliances.

Several hours later, China's Lieutenant General He Le slammed "irresponsible comments from other countries".

Senior Col. Zhao Xiaozhuo said a US move to send two warships into China's "territorial waters" was a violation of law, and an "obvious provocation to China's national security and territorial integrity".

The defence ministers of France and Britain said on Sunday during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that they will deploy warships to the South China Sea, in order to challenge Beijing's expanding military presence in the disputed waters.

Ms Parly highlighted France's freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea, saying it conducts them to uphold worldwide law guaranteeing freedom of navigation.

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The archipelago, named after British whaling captain Richard Spratly, lies between Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei and parts of it are claimed by all.

"Currently so far it's a so-called new normal", Lin Chong-pin, retired strategic studies professor in Taiwan, said of the US ship movement.

Earlier in the week, Mattis warned the United States will continue "a steady drumbeat" of naval exercises to challenge China's territorial claims in the waterway, and this weekend said, "there are consequences that will continue to come home to roost" if China does not act more transparently and cooperatively in the region. "China's militarisation of the Spratlys is also in direct contradiction to President Xi's 2015 public assurances", he added, referring to a disputed group of islands.

Ruan of CIIS said that the development of China-Japan ties will contribute to a more integrated Asia at large.

On Saturday Mattis spoke at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual security summit in Singapore that each year attracts speakers who are the top policymakers in the defense and security community of countries across the western Pacific.

A study by Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) found past year that China had built military length airstrips on the previously uninhabited Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs in the Spratlys.

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Mattis said the Trump administration's recent decision to disinvite China from a multinational naval exercise this (northern) summer was an "initial response" to Beijing's island activity.

He also asserted the islands belong to China and that Beijing is simply acting to defend the country's sovereignty.

Despite strong mutual suspicions, the US had included China in the past two versions of the naval exercise known as Rim of the Pacific, or RimPac, in 2014 and 2016.

In May, the Chinese military landed nuclear-capable bombers on its artificial islands for the first time.

Mattis said the Pentagon will "hold the line" and support the diplomatic effort to secure the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

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