Despite its rival claim to the Spratly Islands, Manila will not issue any diplomatic protest to China.
Comments by the head of the U.S. Pacific fleet threaten to escalate tensions.
It was the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway that China claims as its own.
Clinton's remark "Women's rights are human rights; human rights are women's rights" was quickly censored.
Vietnam's relations with the U.S. have quickly expanded in the wake of the escalating South China Sea dispute, putting the Philippines in an unexpectedly isolated position.
The exercise will focus on control of the waters despite a U.N. ruling against China.
Some think China is preparing an "air defense identification zone" over the South China Sea.
On paper, a recent Hague ruling was a a humiliating defeat for China. In reality, however, the ruling is in danger of becoming irrelevant.
ASEAN members wanted the Phillipines' victory mentioned in a statement but nations fail to agree on maritime disputes.
China's response to the U.N. verdict will determine what kind of power it will be.
In a case that was seen as a test of Beijing's rising power, the Hague ruled that China had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights in the South China Sea.
As an international court prepares to rule on who controls the South China Sea, Beijing is watching Clinton's presidential run with trepidation.
The intercept involved a Chinese J-10 fighter jet and a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane.
Defense Ministry spokesman says report to Congress on China's military presence in the South China Sea has 'severely damaged' trust.
China's building spree on remote islands in the South China Sea has its neighbors worried and turning to Washington.
Security experts have warned this could be the first of many military flights.
Indonesian authorities tried to detain a Chinese vessel they said was fishing illegally in its waters.
Officials say China has deployed up to seven ships to Quirino Atoll, also known as Jackson Atoll.
The U.S. says it will continue conducting "freedom of navigation patrols" by ships and aircraft to assure unimpeded passage through the region.
A new Chinese missile designed to destroy an aircraft carrier from 900 miles away may demand a change in U.S. military strategy.