US Defence Secretary James Mattis pressurises China over N.Korea

US Defence Secretary James Mattis pressurises China over N.Korea

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.

Mattis, arguably Trump's most important statesman as the new president hopes to slash the State Department, tried to allay the fears.

"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 US foreign and defense ministers.

"The Trump administration is encouraged by China's renewed commitment to work with the worldwide community toward denuclearization", Mattis said.

Organizers of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue Asian Security Summit identified three potential flashpoints threatening stability in the region: North Korea's nuclear weapons program, China's militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea, and violent Islamist extremism.

He said the scope and effect of these activities differed from those of other countries in the nature of militarisation, China's "blatant disregard" for global law, its contempt for other nations' interest and its efforts to dismiss non- adversarial resolution of issues.

While he admitted that rivalry between China and the USA - the world's two largest economies - was bound to occur, he also said that did not mean conflict was inevitable.

It has rapidly built reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes and other equipment.

But she also said she was concerned about the situation in the South China Sea and in the East China Sea. Another wondered if he could be trusted given his "America First" pronouncements.

"Once we've exhausted all possible alternatives, the Americans will do the right thing. And we will be with you".

Mattis made no mention of President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement.

The China Daily newspaper accused the United States of hypocrisy on Monday.

Mattis outlined the Trump administration's approach in remarks to reporters traveling with him to Singapore, where he will deliver a policy speech at an worldwide security conference Saturday and meet with several Asian counterparts.

Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said delegates were generally reassured.

The spokesperson also said that the United States is "sadly mistaken" if it thinks that such missile interception system can prevent nuclear strikes by the Strategic Force of the KPA.

World War 3 Tensions have been rising on the Korean Peninsula since President Trump adopted a much harder line on Pyongyang than his predecessor, Barack Obama. He added, however, that countries must "contribute sufficiently to their own security".

North Korea on Sunday slammed the latest round of United Nations sanctions as "mean" and vowed to press ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programs. The measures imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations.

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