March 24, 2017 12:57
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday condemned China for taking an overlord's attitude to neighboring nations.
He was speaking about the military threat from China at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
"In the South China Sea, we see China shredding trust as they adopt a tribute-nation kind of approach where all other nations have to pay tribute or acquiescence to the more powerful nation, the larger nation," he said.
He also accused China and Russia of "seeking veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of nations on their periphery."
Turning to North Korea, he stressed the need to face up to reality. He said that the North has continued "reckless rhetoric and provocative actions" despite UN Security Council's sanctions.
"This situation calls for our department to maintain a safe and secure nuclear deterrent and a decisive conventional force that can also fight irregular enemies since our military must be able to counter all threats facing us," he said.
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