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Mattis praises and criticizes Beijing on North Korea and South China Sea

12 Juin 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stressed the importance of coordination among nations to further strengthen the containment of North Korea at a major security meeting in Singapore on Saturday morning.

Earlier to this official rejection, North Korea's mouthpiece, Rodong Sinmun, issued the deadly threat, warning Donald Trump's administration that America should save the lives of hundreds of millions of its citizens by stepping back from the alleged war that may lead to World War 3.

Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed USA commitment to the Asian-Pacific region Saturday "based on strategic interests and on shared values".

In opening remarks, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed disappointment over Trump's recent withdrawals from both the Paris Climate Accord and the Trans Pacific Partnership - a multilateral trade deal that was supposed to bind the USA economically with 12 other Asian nations.

The South China Sea is the subject of a territorial dispute between China and Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei. He said, U.S. can not and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo. "We will be there with you".

Some in the region worry that their concerns about China's rising influence could be lost in Trump's pursuit of deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping on trade and curbing North Korea's nuclear-weapons programme.

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada meanwhile told the conference that North Korea has improved its ability to operate its ballistic missile forces and warned that the threats it posed to the region and the world "have now entered a new stage".

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"On the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, China has proposed a "suspension-for-suspension" initiative, namely the suspension of Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear and missile tests and the suspension of large-scale joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, as well as a "dual-track" mechanism, which is aimed to advance and achieve the two tracks of denuclearization and building a peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula".

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, despite partial counter-claims from Taiwan and several southeast Asian nations including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. "Our two countries can and do cooperate for mutual benefit".

"The reason for the tension on the peninsula is not just the nuclear missiles of Pyongyang but also the heightened military activity of some regional and especially out of the region states in Northeast Asia", Safronkov said.

China's Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday that China is opposed to Pyongyang's missile launches and will support any new United Nations sanctions against the country.

"China and other regional partners should also step up their efforts to help solve this security situation, which threatens not just that region, but really presents a threat to the entire world", Tillerson told reporters in Sydney after a meeting between the Australian and USA foreign and defense ministers.

"Our primary effort remains strengthening alliances", Mattis said.

China said that the USA warship trespassed in its waters "without permission" and Chinese warships warned it to leave.