China urged the Philippines to avoid taking any action that could complicate the South China Sea situation, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
Wang made the remarks after Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin posted an insulting tweet over Chinese fishing vessels' sailing into the waters of Huangyan Island.
"The Huangyan Island is China's territory and its adjacent waters are under China's jurisdiction," said Wang.
"China urges the Philippine side to earnestly respect China's sovereignty and jurisdiction, and stop taking actions that may complicate the situation," he said, adding that "facts have proven time and time again that megaphone diplomacy can only undermine mutual trust rather than change reality."
"We hope that certain individual from the Philippine side will mind basic manners and act in ways that suit his status," Wang stressed.