The simultaneous military drills were announced ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's visits to Japan and South Korea this week.
A Department of Defense spokesperson said Tuesday that Chinese coast guard actions near the Senkaku Islands risk "miscalculation" and potentially "material harm."
It was the first time an armed Chinese coast guard vessel had been sent into the waters of the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands since Beijing enacted its controversial Coast Guard Law earlier this month.
The Cold War-era "Dragon Lady" plane was picked up by flight radar as it made a sortie into the Taiwan Strait on Thursday.
Two U.S. Air Force B1-B bombers flew into China's air defense identification zone just north of the island of Taiwan on Tuesday.
Japan controls the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, but Beijing has also claimed them and has sailed vessels close to the uninhabited islets.
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The country's pacifist constitution has long prevented governments from attaining carriers.
"We will take all necessary means to safeguard our rights and interests," said a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman.
The 360-foot-long Shang-class submarine can carry torpedoes and ship-to-ship missiles with a maximum firing range of 25 miles.
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The Chinese navy closes off 15,000 square miles in the East China Sea to perform live-fire drills as the U.S.-North Korea rivalry escalates.
"To beef up military alliances targeted at a third party is not conducive to maintaining common security in the region," President Xi Jinping said in a speech
The U.S. made a rare foray into the East China Sea, drawing attention to the wide gap between American military abilities and those of China.