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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at a news conference with Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada in Tokyo on Feb. 4.   © Reuters
International relations

Pentagon chief: No need for military moves in East, South China seas

Mattis says Beijing has 'shredded' trust, urges exhaustive diplomacy

SHOTARO TANI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Saturday said there is no immediate need for "military maneuvers" to counter Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China seas, but he strongly condemned Beijing's behavior in the region.

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