U.S. allies in Asia-Pacific region rattled after Mattis quits

U.S. allies in Asia-Pacific region rattled after Mattis quitsThe region – which includes strong U.S. allies Japan, South Korea and Australia – hosts some of the world’s most volatile flashpoints, with high tension on the Korean peninsula and China’s militarization of the South China Sea causing friction. Mattis, who embraced America’s traditional alliances, said he was quitting after falling out with President Donald Trump over foreign policy, including surprise decisions this week to pull troops from Syria and start planning a drawdown in Afghanistan. “He has generally been referred to as one of the adults in the Trump administration,” Australian government Senator Jim Molan told The Australian newspaper.



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