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Mattis becomes first US defense chief to visit China under Trump

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday became the first Pentagon chief to visit China since 2014, starting a three-day trip with a goal of improving security dialogue with Beijing despite increasingly fraught Sino-US relations. Source link link: Mattis becomes first US defense chief to visit China under Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJun 26th, 2018

Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China

WASHINGTON --- By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China's military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American wariness about Chinese intentions. The visit beginning Tuesday also shows how far U.S.-Vietnamese relations have advanced since the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War. Mattis, a retired general who entered the Marine Corps during Vietnam but did not serve there, visited Hanoi in January. By coincidence, that stop came just days before the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in 1968. Tet was a turning point wh...Keep on reading: Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

US defense chief visits China as tensions simmer

BEIJING: US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Beijing on his first ever visit to China on Tuesday, aiming to find room for military cooperation as security tensions between the two superpowers edge higher. With Washington and Beijing locked in an escalating trade war, and the Pentagon alarmed over China’s placement of weapons on disputed [...] The post US defense chief visits China as tensions simmer appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Mattis: US may take more steps vs China over ’militarization’

SINGAPORE --- US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday raised the prospect of additional American steps against China if its "militarization" of the South China Sea keeps apace. He said Beijing was intimidating and coercing others in the region by putting weapons systems on manmade islands. President Donald Trump, backing the remarks by his Pentagon chief at an international security forum in Singapore, said on Twitter: "Very surprised that China would be doing this?" Mattis said the Trump administration's recent decision to disinvite China from a multinational naval exercise this summer was an "initial response" to Beijing's island activity. Mattis called the US action a...Keep on reading: Mattis: US may take more steps vs China over ’militarization’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Bolton says he’s no longer allowed to see Trump – CNN News

A hawkish ally of Donald Trump claims he cannot see the President due to &'8220;staff changes&'8221; at the White House. John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN who at one point was a candidate to lead the State Department, claimed in a National Review op-ed published Monday that his plan for the US to exit the Iran nuclear deal had to be presented publicly, because staff changes at the White House have made &'8220;presenting it to President Trump impossible.&'8221; CNN has reached out to the White House for comment. His alleged snubbing is the latest development in the tug-of-war for influence over Trump's White House between firebrands such as Bolton and those who have taken a more moderate approach to foreign policy, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Bolton's op-ed comes days after Sebastian Gorka, who advocated a hawkish stance against terrorism, left his position as a White House adviser. Chief of staff John Kelly, who assumed the role in late July, has been conducting a review of the West Wing that includes assessing individual staffers' portfolios. In a memo drawn up after a July directive from Steve Bannon, the recently ousted White House chief strategist, Bolton pushes for selling the idea of leaving the Iran deal to the public in a &'8220;white paper&'8221; and lays out a strategy for the &'8220;campaign&'8221; and its &'8220;execution.&'8221; Bolton has been frustrated at the rise of more traditional foreign policy thinkers within the White House, such as Mattis and Tillerson, who have favored remaining in the deal. The agreement curbs Iran's nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Iran remains under multiple sanctions for terrorism-related activities. &'8220;Trump can and should free America from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity,&'8221; Bolton writes. Where proponents of the deal, including lawmakers and former Obama administration officials, see the pact as a way to get visibility on Iran's nuclear activities, and, at least for the time being, stop it's nuclear program, Bolton sees only danger. &'8220;The JCPOA is a threat to US national-security interests, growing more serious by the day,&'8221; Bolton writes, though he doesn't offer evidence. &'8220;If the President decides to abrogate the JCPOA, a comprehensive plan must be developed and executed to build domestic and international support for the new policy.&'8221; His memo, he says, fills that function. &'8220;It is only five pages long, but like instant coffee, it can be readily expanded to a comprehensive, 100-page playbook if the administration were to decide to leave the Iran agreement,&'8221; Bolton writes. He adds that there is no need to wait for the next deadline in October, when the US must next certify that Iran is sticking to the deal. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the JCPOA, was an international agreement hammered out over 20 arduous months of negotiations. China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US, the EU and Iran reached a deal in July 2015 and it was implemented in January 2016. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has regular access to nuclear sites inside Iran and verifies that it is implementing its side of the deal; in exchange, the US, UN and EU lifted nuclear related sanctions. Every 90 days, the US president must certify that Iran is keeping up its end of the deal. Trump campaigned against the deal and continues to criticize it, but because Iran is complying, he has certified it twice on the advice of his national security staff. But officials in his administration have clearly been looking for ways to find wiggle room to get out of the deal. Some, like US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, have used the line that Iran is not complying with the &'8220;spirit&'8221; of the deal, pointing to Tehran's activities in the region, including its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and its backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Bolton says that Trump can bolster his case for abrogating the deal &'8220;by providing new, declassified information on Iran's unacceptable behavior around the world.&'8221; These activities, though, are not part of the JCPOA, deliberately left as a separate issue by the Obama administration and the other international negotiators, who said that to include every single gripe with Iran would make negotiations too unwieldy to resolve. Some proponents of the deal, watching the Trump administration's moves, are already campaigning to keep it. They point to the security consequences of an Iran without constraints on its nuclear weapons program and to the economic fallout as European and Asian firms would likely continue to do business with Tehran while US firms are shut out. &'8220;Accordingly,&'8221; Bolton writes, &'8220;we must explain the grave threat to the US and our allies, particularly Israel.&'8221; But many in Israel's security establishment argue for keeping the deal in place, and making sure its implementation is as rigorous as possible. Bolton makes the case for a four-step campaign that begins with &'8220;early, quiet consultations with key players such as the UK, France, Germany, Israel and Saudi Arabia, to tell them we are going to abrogate the deal based on outright violations and other unacceptable Iranian behavior, and seek their input.&'8221; That would be followed by a detailed white paper that includes declassified intelligence explaining why the deal hurts US security interests; a diplomatic campaign against the deal, especially in Europe and the Middle East; and efforts to sway lawmakers and the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2017

US defense chief Mattis says Trump is 100 percent with him

HO CHI MINH CITY,  Vietnam – US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump has assured him of his full support, one day after Trump appeared to cast doubt over the Pentagon chief's fate. Speaking to reporters as he flew from Washington to Ho Chi Minh City at the start ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Pentagon chief not expecting ties with China to worsen even as tensions rise

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he did not see relations between the United States and China worsening, a day after his trip to China was canceled and tensions have started affecting military ties. Source link link: Pentagon chief not expecting ties with China to worsen even as tensions rise.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

China, US avert Taiwan collision during Mattis visit

THE first visit by a US Defense Secretary to China in four years went off relatively well last week, with Jim Mattis making clear that he was approaching talks with an open mind and that he wanted to “do a lot of listening” and then “have a conversation.” Mattis evidently had a number of tough [...] The post China, US avert Taiwan collision during Mattis visit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Mattis in Asia, fixing Trump-rattled relationships one by one

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spent four days in East Asia trying to keep on the rails key relationships — two friendly, one adversarial — that his boss President Donald Trump has thrown into confusion. It’s now a familiar role for the Pentagon chief, not just in Asia but across Europe and the [...] The post Mattis in Asia, fixing Trump-rattled relationships one by one appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Xi Jinping, U.S. defense chief meet amid troubled security relations

BEIJING, China – Chinese President Xi Jinping told US Defense Secretary James Mattis Wednesday, June 27, the two countries must sustain the "good momentum" of their military relationship, amid US worries about China's projection of power across the Indo-Pacific. Mattis, visiting Beijing to take the measure of China's global security ambitions, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Mattis visits China amid Korea talks, strategic tensions

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, USA – US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will make his first visit to China this week amid rising tensions between the two countries but also a deep need for Beijing's support in nuclear talks with North Korea. Mattis told reporters on Sunday, June 24, he wants ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Asia sees China and United States as threats to rules-based order

LONDON -- For many US allies, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is the last of the Trump administration’s so-called grown-ups in the room. The post Asia sees China and United States as threats to rules-based order appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

US Defense chief: China military buildup in disputed waters ‘coercion, intimidation’

SINGAPORE — China’s military buildup in the South China Sea and its deployment of high-end weapons systems in the disputed waterway is designed to intimidate and coerce neighbors, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday. Speaking at a high-profile security summit in Singapore, the Pentagon chief also said the US military would continue to [...] The post US Defense chief: China military buildup in disputed waters ‘coercion, intimidation’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Mattis accuses China of intimidation and coercion in South China Sea

SINGAPORE (UPDATED) – China's military build-up in the South China Sea and its deployment of high-end weapons systems in the disputed waterway is designed to intimidate and coerce neighbors, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, June 2. Speaking at a high-profile security summit in Singapore, the Pentagon chief also said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

US Defense chief Matthis says, US to continue operations in South China Sea

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the United States would continue to confront what Washington sees as China’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea, despite drawing condemnation from Beijing for an operation in the region over the weekend. Source link link: US Defense chief Matthis says, US to continue operations in South China Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Pentagon chief says U.S. to continue operations in South China Sea

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the United States would continue to confront what Washington sees as China's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, despite drawing condemnation from Beijing for an operation in the region over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

US to continue operations in South China Sea despite China s dissent — Pentagon chief

Washington will continue to conduct freedom of navigation operations and confront China's increasing militarization in the South China Sea, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

US to keep confronting Beijing in South China Sea – US Defense chief

  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis vowed on Tuesday that the United States would keep confronting China over its territorial claims in the South China Sea, where Beijing has established a significant military presence on contested islands.   Mattis' remarks came after Beijing voiced "strong dissatisfaction" on Sunday after two US warships sailed by an island in the disputed Paracel Island chain. "You'll notice there's only one country that seems to take active steps to rebuff (such operations) or state their resentment of them, but it's international waters and a lot of nations want to see freedom of navigation, so we will continue that," Mattis told reporters as he...Keep on reading: US to keep confronting Beijing in South China Sea – US Defense chief.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Defense chief says China-Russia military ties a signal to US

MOSCOW, Russia --- China's new defense minister says his visit to Russia is a signal to the United States about the increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing. The unusually bold statement Tuesday by Gen. Wei Fenghe at the start of his talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reflected the growing military cooperation between the two former Communist rivals. Speaking in Moscow, Wei emphasized that he chose Russia for his first trip abroad since becoming the international face of China's military last month to "show the world a high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our armed forces to strengthen strategic coopera...Keep on reading: Defense chief says China-Russia military ties a signal to US.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Pentagon to get record $700-B budget

WASHINGTON, United States --- It's the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That's far more in defense spending than America's two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else. And next year it would rise to $716 billion. Together, the two-year deal provides what Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says is needed to pull the military out of a slump in combat readiness at a time of renewed focus on the stalemated conflict in Afghanistan and the threat of war on the Korean peninsula. The budget bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday includes huge spendin...Keep on reading: Pentagon to get record $700-B budget.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

New Pentagon strategy looks to counter China, Russia

WASHINGTON, DC, USA –  The US military must regain its strategic advantages over Russia and China and prioritize being ready for war, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday, January 19, as he unveiled the Pentagon's vision for the future. The administration of President Donald Trump worries that America's vast military ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018