Mat­tis warns of Chi­nese “in­tim­i­da­tion”; says U.S. seeks “re­sults-ori­ented” ties

Stabroek News Sunday - - WORLD NEWS -

SIN­GA­PORE, (Reuters) - The United States is will­ing to work with China on a “re­sults- ori­ented” re­la­tion­ship, but Bei­jing’s ac­tions in the South China Sea were co­er­cive and the Pen­tagon would “com­pete vig­or­ously” if needed, U.S. De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis said yes­ter­day.

The com­ments by Mat­tis, speak­ing at the an­nual Shangri-La Di­a­logue in Sin­ga­pore, come at a time of in­creased ten­sion be­tween the two na­tions in the South China Sea and high­light how Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is look­ing to bal­ance China’s co­op­er­a­tion on North Korea while deal­ing with its ac­tiv­i­ties in the dis­puted sea.

“China’s pol­icy in the South China Sea stands in stark con­trast to the open­ness that our strat­egy pro­motes, it calls into ques­tion China’s broader goals,” said Mat­tis, who said he would be trav­el­ling to Bei­jing this month.

“The U.S. will con­tinue to pur­sue a con­struc­tive, re­sults-ori­ented re­la­tion­ship with China, co­op­er­a­tion when­ever pos­si­ble will be the name of the game and com­pet­ing vig­or­ously where we must ... of course we recog­nise any sus­tain­able In­doPa­cific or­der has a role for China,” he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Guyana

© PressReader. All rights reserved.