During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, said that China should be denied access to the many artificial islands that is has constructed in the South China Sea.
Both Tillerson and Spicer stopped short of providing an actual plan on how the U.S. thought it might even conceivably stop China using those islands without starting a full-scale war, with Spicer saying that the strategy is still developing, and promising more information in the future.
Teng Jianqun, a senior researcher in United States studies at the China Institute of International Studies, said the Foreign Ministry's remarks constitute a message to the new USA president that China's core interests should not be challenged.
On Monday White House spokesman Sean Spicer warned China the U.S. would "defend" American and global interests in the disputed South China Sea, where China has built a series of artificial islands capable of military use.
Under President Barack Obama's administration, Washington insisted it was neutral on the question of sovereignty over the islets, reefs and shoals. "Our actions have been lawful". The situation is turning for better.
Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.
Cautioning Washington against going ahead with the move, China's official Communist party newspaper the Global Times issued a what looked like a warning, writing: "The Chinese people will demand that the government take revenge", adding that "the mainland is fully prepared." . "Our overall expectations for China-US ties under Trump administration is that history and practice has shown that stable and consistent development of bilateral ties severed the interests of both the people and two countries and good for the peace and stability of the Asia Pacific and world", she said.
Echoing Xi's sentiment, Zhang said that a potential trade war between USA and China would be detrimental to United States economy and prevent Trump from achieving his ambitious goal of 4 percent growth.
On the other hand, the Chinese government said that USA was not a party in South China Sea issue. "So If it is keeping with worldwide law we will support the freedom of navigation and over flights".
"In principle, I say that China has no intention to raise trade competitiveness thorough RMB depreciation even as to launch a currency war".
To another question whether China is anxious over the rhetoric of Trump administration and fear any accidental conflict, she shot back saying "you are asking whether I am anxious about the rhetoric". "Everything is under negotiation including one-China", Trump had said on January 15, questioning the decades old policy followed by Washington. "Many observers and people are anxious or concerned".