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China hails US defence chief's emphasis on South China Sea diplomacy

Mattis plays down need for US military manoeuvres and instead calls for open lines of communication

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Mr Mattis says major US military action is not being considered to contend with China's assertive behaviour in the South China Sea

Beijing

CHINA on Monday welcomed US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's suggestion that diplomacy should be the priority in the South China Sea, and that major US military action was not being considered to contend with China's assertive behaviour there.

Mr Mattis, speaking in Tokyo on

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