US defense chief takes new hard aim at China

James Mattis, the chief architect of America's emerging Asia policy, fired yet another shot across Beijing's bow at a summit of top regional defense officials

Singapore, June 5, 2017 3:01 PM (UTC+8)
US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Shangri-La Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017.
The annual Shangri-La Dialogue is attended by defense ministers from around the region and runs from June 2 to 4. Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman
US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Shangri-La Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. The annual Shangri-La Dialogue is attended by defense ministers from around the region and runs from June 2 to 4. Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman
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