China lashes out at James Mattis remarks on East China Sea islands

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Published: February 4, 2017 8:47:20 PM

In a statement posted to the ministry's website, Lu said the U.S. should avoid complicating the issue and ''bringing instability to the regional situation.''

China, US, Jim Mattis, Chinese Foreign Ministry, U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty, Shinzo AbeChina says the U.S. is putting regional stability in East Asia at risk following remarks by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that an island group China claims falls under the U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty. (PTI)

China says the U.S. is putting regional stability in East Asia at risk following remarks by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that an island group China claims falls under the U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Saturday called on the U.S. to cease “making wrong remarks” over the issue. Lu reasserted China’s claim of sovereignty over the tiny uninhabited islands, known in Japanese as the Senkaku and Chinese as Diaoyu.

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In a statement posted to the ministry’s website, Lu said the U.S. should avoid complicating the issue and ”bringing instability to the regional situation.”

The U.S. Department of Defense quoted Mattis as telling Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a meeting Friday that their mutual defense treaty applied to all areas under Japanese administration, including the islands.

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