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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. The Chinese flotilla arrived at the start of August, more than 300 fishing boats escorted by 15 vast coastguard ships, some of them armed. They circled the ...and more »

US 'committed to Japan's defense': US defense secretary - Deutsche Welle

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has reassured Japan on Washington's commitment to a defense treaty with Tokyo. Remarks by President Trump while campaigning had seemed to call such alliances in the region into question. Japan US-Verteidigungsminister ...and more »

Mattis: US will defend Japanese islands claimed by China - CNN

(CNN) US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Saturday reaffirmed Washington's commitment to defending Japan, including a group of disputed islands which have been claimed by China. "I made clear that our long-standing policy on the Senkaku Islands stands ...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 »

Mattis to re-assure Japan, South Korea that Trump won't bite - CNBC

President Donald Trump (L) and Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis watch the Inaugural Parade from the main reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis will wrap up talks in ...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 »

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 »

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, 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 »