China has lodged solemn representations and a strong protest with the Philippines over a Philippine vessel "insisting on rushing into" disputed waters in the South China Sea, foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Monday at a regular news conference.

The Philippines has called the actions of Chinese vessels against its boats carrying out South China Sea resupply missions over the weekend a "serious escalation". (Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)