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Mattis accuses China of ‘intimidation and coercion’ in S. China Sea

Singapore: China’s military build-up in the South China Sea and its deployment of high-end weapons systems in the disputed waterway is designed to intimidate and coerce neighbours, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday. Speaking at a high-profile security summit in Singapore less than two weeks before President Donald Trump is due to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Pentagon chief also said the US military continues to support diplomats pushing for the “complete, verifiable and irreversible” denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Mattis said Beijing had deployed a range of military hardware including anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles and… …read more