Pentagon will ‘compete vigorously’ with Beijing in South China Sea – Mattis — RT US News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has claimed that since Beijing’s South China Sea policy contradicts Washington’s strategy of “openness,” the US will have to “compete vigorously” wherever cooperation is impossible.

“The US will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must…,” Mattis stated, speaking at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

“China’s policy in the South China Sea stands in stark contrast to the openness our strategy promises, it calls into question China’s broader goals,” the US Defense Secretary added.

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