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Xinhua | Updated:2017-02-07 15:14US Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) attends a press conference with his Japanese counterpart Tomomi Inada in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 4, 2017. [Xinhua/Ma Ping]US Defense Secretary James Mattis reiteration of Americas defense commitments to its allies in Asia during his maiden visit to the region over the weekend has added uncertainty to regional stability.By reaffirming US engagement, the new Pentagon chiefs visit to South Korea and Japan seems to have raised more uncertainties in the Asia-Pacific instead of bringing stability as he claimed.STABILIZER OR STIMULATOR?During his three-day visit ending Saturday, Mattis offered most key security reassurances that Tokyo and Seoul, the two key US allies in Asia, have long been eager to hear after remarks made by US President Donald Trump in his campaign trail.In a series of meetings with senior Japanese officials, Mattis reiterated his countrys mutual defense commitment to Japan, saying that their alliance remained a “cornerstone” of regional stability.Mattiss praise of Japan as “a model” of burden-sharing downplayed the accusation of “free-rider” on security that Trump made in his presidential campaign.The hawkish former four-star general also claimed that the Diaoyu Islands, an inherent part of the Chinese territory, fell under Article 5 of the US-Japan security treaty, a statement sparking criticism from China.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said later that the so-called US-Japan treaty was a product of the Cold War, and should not impair Chinas territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights.Talking to his South Korean counterpart earlier last week, Mattis reaffirmed the Trump administrations commitment to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a high-end US missile defense system nominally aiming at countering missile attack from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.Despite Trumps vowing days ago to take fresh look at the countrys foreign policy, Mattiss remarks have been interpreted as an extension of the Obama administrations pivot-to-Asia strategy.The main purpose of Mattiss visit is to reassure its allies about the UScontinuous engagement in the region, said Diao Daming, a researcher on American studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.”More US military presence in the region could be expected,” added Diao.Previous Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next PageCartoonsChina football investment surges Trump-tanicTrumps travel banYear of the RoosterWater wasteRevised historyMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsSpring Festival survival tips for foreignersRenting a partner for Spring Festival?ColumnistsTusk should focus on the real threats that the EU facesCooperation could make both China and US great againForumFeatured ContributorsChinas One Belt, One Road, a drive for Great Britains businesses?Xis Davos speech continuation of Chinas global commitmentChina Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersHow is General de Gaulle remembered in China?Why I cannot continue studying in ChinaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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