Asia Times: Mattis: Asia Policy Will Strongly Focus on Pyongyang

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis / Getty Images


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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Bill Gertz is senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon he was a national security reporter, editor, and columnist for 27 years at the Washington Times. Bill is the author of seven books, four of which were national bestsellers. His most recent book was iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age, a look at information warfare in its many forms and the enemies that are waging it. Bill has an international reputation. Vyachaslav Trubnikov, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, once called him a “tool of the CIA” after he wrote an article exposing Russian intelligence operations in the Balkans. A senior CIA official once threatened to have a cruise missile fired at his desk after he wrote a column critical of the CIA’s analysis of China. And China’s communist government has criticized him for news reports exposing China’s weapons and missile sales to rogues states. The state-run Xinhua news agency in 2006 identified Bill as the No. 1 “anti-China expert” in the world. Bill insists he is very much pro-China—pro-Chinese people and opposed to the communist system. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld once told him: “You are drilling holes in the Pentagon and sucking out information.” His Twitter handle is @BillGertz.

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