U.S. officials are pushing global allies to increase their naval deployments through the trade route as China strengthens its military capabilities on both the Paracel and Spratly Islands, the diplomats said.
"Vietnam pursues a defensive and peaceful defense policy, does not take sides with one country against another country; does not use force for threaten the use of force", he said.
US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis on Saturday warned that Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea would face "much larger consequences", without elaborating.
China's activities, Mattis said in his speech Saturday, stand "in stark contrast to the openness of what our strategy promotes; It calls into question China's broader goals".
The area has become the focus of increased tensions after China appeared to install anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on seven artificial platforms it has constructed on atolls in the Spratly Islands.
Beijing's actions have caused the U.S.to reconsider its "cooperative stance", including rescinding an invitation to the world's largest naval exercises this month, Mattis told delegates at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
"We have to make it clear that nations need to play by the rules and that there are consequences for not doing so", he added, while speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue this week in Singapore.
Gen Mattis said the issue of removing USA troops from South Korea was "not on the table" and that "our objective remains the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".
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He said the United States remained committed to ensuring free and open transit in the region, a hub for shipping and natural resources beset by overlapping claims from China and several of its neighbors including Vietnam and the Philippines.
"The Philippines will be caught up in the middle of this great power rivalry", Araral said, referring to China and the United States.
"I think all regional countries with the sharp eyes hope the US can play a constructive role, and not be a destroyer but a contributor to the regional peace and stability", Hua said. China protested the maneuver.
Reuters first reported that two US Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, prompting anger in Beijing, which claims most of the strategic waters where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate. Weaker than China militarily but keen on access to the sea's natural resources such as oil deposits, they resent China for placing military infrastructure on the tiny islands.
But Chinese Lieutenant General He Lei issued a fiery response, telling the summit that "irresponsible comments from other nations can not be accepted".
Military officials, diplomats and experts from across the Asia-Pacific gathered in Singapore over the weekend for the 17th Asia Security Summit, commonly known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, discussing security challenges and cooperation prospects in the region.
Several hours later, China's Lieutenant General He Le slammed "irresponsible comments from other countries".
China has not sent high-level officials to the three-day meeting, in an apparent attempt to deflect attention from its campaign to expand its sovereignty across virtually the entire South China Sea.