US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last weekend outlined the Trump administration’s new policy toward Asia, one that gives higher priority to pressuring North Korea than China.
The previous US policy of conducting a major rebalancing of its military and diplomatic power toward Asia was not mentioned by the retired four-star general in remarks to a security conference in Singapore.
Mattis described North Korea as a grave threat to the region and the United States that is developing its nuclear arms and long-range missile capabilities. China, he said, must do more to rein in the Pyongyang regime and follow through on an earlier commitment to work to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
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