U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks at the 16th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, June 3, 2017.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis applauded China’s Efforts to work with the international community on North Korea at an Annual Security Forum in Singapore on Saturday. But When it came to the South China Sea, He Called China’s Ongoing militarization of man-made islands there and its disregard for the International Order, unacceptable.
“We can not accept Chinese Actions That impinge on the Interests of the International Community, under mining the rules-based order That has Benefites All countries here today (at the Forum), Including, and Especially China,” Mattis said, in a speech to delegates and the media at the Shangri-La Dialogue.
He said that while competition Between the World’s Two Largest Economies was bound to occur, Conflict Is Not Inevitable.
“Artificial Island Construction and indisputable militarization of facilities are features in International Waters undermines regional stability,” he said, noting China’s military buildup That of the man-made beachheads differen from what other Countries had done.
Beijing’s approach is Different Not only in terms of the nature of the weaponization of the artificial islands, Mattis said, but for “China’s disregard for international law, it’s contempt for other Nation’s Interests and Its Efforts to Dismiss nonadversarial resolution of issues.”
Lieutenant General HE Lei, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Military Science and head of China’s delegation at the meeting, flatly rejected Mattis’ accusations. He said China has more than 23,000 Signed bilateral agreements and multilateral agreements 400, and That it is a Participant in all of the United Nations’ specialized Committees.
“China is a supporter and defender of international and regional rules and regulations,” he said. “But When it Comes to Defining International Rules, should be based That is what the majority of the Countries agree and what Represents the Interests of the Majority.”
The same goes for the Regional Rules and Regulations, he added, noting China’s Recent Progress along with the Association of South East Asian Nations in drafting a framework for a code of conduct for the South China Sea.
He also China Highlighted That Participated in the Formulation of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. Beijing ratified the convention in 1996th
People sit in front of the TV screen Showing a news program reporting about North Korea’s missile firing, at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, May 29, 2017.
North Korea a priority
Since coming to office, President Donald Trump has made North Korea a top priority, and in his speech, Mattis has echoed concerns of the Administration about the clear and present danger the North poses to the region and beyond.
“Coupled with reckless proclamations, the current North Korean program signals a clear intent to Acquire Nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, Including Those of intercontinental range, that pose direct and Immediate threats to our regional allies, our partners, and all the world,” he said.
His tough remarks dispelled speculation That the administration was keeping quiet about the South China Sea in exchange for China’s cooperation in dealing with Pyongyang. Mattis said the Interests of the United States allies should not be used as bargaining chips.
Ambassadors to the United Nations raise hands in a vote in the Security Council resolution to sanction North Korea at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, June 2, 2017.
New sanctions, the New Diplomacy
Without ELABORATION, the Defense Secretary said Countries are working on new, enhanced sanctions and Diplomatic Efforts to put more pressure North Korea. In addition to words and support, would, however, he said action was needed from all parties as well.
“The Administration is Trump ENCOURAGED by China’s Renewed Commitment to work with the international community toward denuclearization,” he said. “Ultimately we believe that China will come to recognize North Korea as a Strategic Liability and not an asset. A liability inciting disharmony and Causing Increased peace-loving populations in the region to Increase defense spending. ”
While Relations between Pyongyang and Beijing have grown increasingly frayed in recent years under the administration of Kim Jong-Un, China is still North Korea’s biggest ally and supporter. Some Analysts argue That Beijing does not want the issue to be RESOLVE Because of the Possibility That It Could Lead to a unified Korea and the United States put right on its doorstep Northeastern.
But Kim Jung Un’s persistent threats and missile tests are wearing down support for North Korea in China. And calls for a tougher response from Beijing are growing at home.