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Islands on the frontline of a new global flashpoint: China v Japan - The Guardian

Part of the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Photograph: Kyodo News/Getty Images. Japan · The Observer. Islands on the frontline of a new global flashpoint: China v Japan. While the South China Sea has drawn attention, the Senkaku ...and more »

FT: US Launches Review of N. Korea Policy - KBS WORLD Radio News

The British Financial Times newspaper reports the White House has launched an undisclosed review of North Korea policy. The Times cites two people familiar with the review as saying it is meant to determine what the Trump administration could do ...and more »

James Mattis reaffirms US's Asia policy - Financial Times

James Mattis, US defence secretary, said during a visit to Asia that there was no need for “dramatic military moves” in the South China Sea to pressure Beijing to stop construction on a series of maritime features in the contested resource-rich waters ...and more »

Jim Mattis Says US Is 'Shoulder to Shoulder' With Japan - New York Times

TOKYO — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis assured Japan's prime minister on Friday that the United States would stand by its mutual defense treaty with the country, despite statements by President Trump during last year's campaign that suggested he might ...and more »

Mattis reassures allies on North Korea threat - Financial Times

James Mattis warned Pyongyang that the US would respond to any use of nuclear weapons with “overwhelming” force during a visit to South Korea and Japan in which he reassured the two nations on their alliances with Washington. Speaking in Seoul one week ...and more »

Mattis in Asia: Fears soothed but uncertainty remains - CNN

(CNN) Huge sighs of relief must be emanating through the corridors of power in Japan and South Korea. The two Asian countries were chosen as the destinations for the first overseas visit by a Trump Cabinet member and US Defense Secretary James Mattis ...and more »

China accuses US of putting stability of Asia Pacific at risk - The Guardian

James Mattis reviews the guard of honour prior to a meeting with Japanese defence minister Tomomi Inada in Tokyo on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA. Japan. China accuses US of putting stability of Asia Pacific at risk. Beijing reacts to ...and more »

Jim Mattis, in South Korea, Tries to Reassure an Ally - New York Times

SEOUL, South Korea — On his first mission to reassure an important American ally, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met on Thursday with top South Korean officials, who agreed to push ahead with the deployment of a new missile defense system. “Thaad is for ...and more »

China says resolutely opposes deployment of THAAD in South Korea - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it resolutely opposes deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system in South Korea after South Korea said its defense chiefs have agreed to deploy the system this year. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu ...and more »

North Korea faces 'overwhelming' US response if it uses nuclear arms – Mattis - The Guardian

Donald Trump's defence secretary has warned North Korea it would face an “effective and overwhelming” response from the US if it used nuclear weapons. Speaking in South Korea on Friday, James Mattis reassured the government in Seoul that the US would ...and more »