Beijing described Washington's latest remarks on the South China Sea on Tuesday as "inspiring belligerency" after US Secretary of State John Kerry said China's use of an oil rig in its territorial waters was provacative.
Analysts said China left no doubt that it was clearly warning the United States to abandon "hypocrisy" and to stop publicly backing countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines on issues regarding China's sovereign territory.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Kerry in a telephone conversation that China wanted the US to "stop fueling provocations by relevant parties".
Beijing urged Washington to "stand firmly by its previous commitments, be cautious in words and actions" and observe the maritime situation around China in "an objective and fair manner", Wang said.
Kerry said the US had no intention of judging when it came to the sovereignty of a territorial issue and Washington hoped that all parties concerned handled issues properly and maintained the peace and stability of the region.
Teng Jianqun, an expert at the China Institute of International Studies, said the US had already fully engaged itself in a range of problems that had flared up in the Asia-Pacific region, at the expense of its relationship with China.
Sabotaging such a relationship may have unimaginable consequences for the regional situation and even the world, and "fatal faults" in (US President Barack) Obama's rebalancing strategy should not be ignored, Teng said.
Jia Duqiang, an expert in Southeast Asian studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Vietnam and the Philippines, under the shelter of the US, were provoking China to see if it would be intimidated by pledges made by Washington.