WATCH: Flying with the U.S. Navy as it keeps tabs on China over the South China Sea

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ABC News—ABC News' Bob Woodruff goes on patrol with the Skinny Dragons to monitor the controversial islands that China has been building on reefs since 2013.

China: U.S. 'Ignoring the Positive Efforts' Beijing Is Making in Colonizing South China Sea. China's Defense Ministry issued an angry rebuke of American coverage of China's colonization of the South China Sea, particularly waters belonging to the sovereign territory of other nations. Ministry spokesman Senior Col. Wu Qian insisted on Thursday that American media are "ignoring the positive efforts" China has made in the region.