The USS John S McCain destroyer cnducted a fereedom of navigation patrol in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Thursday.
"At this time, if you ask who is carrying out reclamation, it is definitely not China - perhaps it is the country that brings up the issue that is doing it", Yi said.
But China scoffed at the United States, calling the move a "provocation" that could seriously damage the two countries' strategic trust and also create difficulties and obstacles for their defence forces, Reuters reported.
In July, the USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island in the South China Sea for the second "fonop". USA officials say the military will continue to sail, fly and operate wherever permitted by global law.
During a meeting with the press in this capital, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated that this over 560-page document reads that Japan is "unjustifiably and irresponsibly criticizing" ChinaÂ´s navy defense operations in these seas.
The Foreign Ministry pointed out that that the so-called United States "freedom of navigation" mission was carried out without authorization from Beijing, with has "indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands (Spratley) and its surrounding waters".
Speaking to reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the authorities should verify first the reported reclamation activities of the Chinese government in several features in the contested waters.
The reef is part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which is the scene of rival claims between China and neighbouring countries.
China has urged the United States to respect its sovereignty and security interests in South China Sea.
It said both Beijing and Hanoi have undertaken dredging and reclamation work as recently as early 2017, but "neither approaches the scale of what China did from late 2013 to mid-2015, but any such work is environmentally destructive, undermines regional stability, and warrants mention in diplomatic statements".
It claims as its border in the South China Sea the so called Nine-Dash Line (also referred to as the Ten-Dash Line or the Eleven-Dash Line), a demarcation line, with the claimed territories including the Paracel Islands, the Spratly Islands, the Scarborough Shoal, the Pratas Islands, and the Macclesfield Bank, among others. "To this end, Beijing has undertaken substantial upgrades of its military infrastructure in the Paracels".
'We express dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the JapanÂ´s 2017 Defense White Paper, which contains statements about China's naval activities in the East and South Seas.
The US is not a party to the disputes in the busy and potentially oil- and gas-rich waters that also involve Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
The US says it supports none of the nations' claims in the area and insists that the sea should be a neutral space available for free navigation.