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

While the South China Sea has drawn attention, the Senkaku Islands have become the site of renewed tension. Emma Graham-Harrison in Ishigaki. Sat 4 Feb 2017 19.00 EST Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.53 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...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 »

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 ...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 »

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: 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 ...and more »

Defense Secretary Mattis in Asia: Challenges for a 'Reassurer-in-Chief' - The Diplomat

New U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited East Asia for his first foreign trip as the head of the Pentagon. Over the last several days, he visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, meeting with his counterparts in both countries. Mattis ...and more »

Managing Asia's security threats in the Trump era - East Asia Forum

Author: Michael D. Swaine, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During the US presidential campaign and since Donald Trump's election victory, the president and a variety of pro-Trump advisers and supporters have made several highly ...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 »

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 »