Mattis-Wei talks ‘won’t curb unsafe encounters’ in South China Sea

Talks this week between the defence minsters of China and the United States might ease pressure but are unlikely to end close encounters between the two countries’ displays of military force in the contested South China Sea, analysts said.
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe is due to meet US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Washington on Friday, less than a month after the two men met in Singapore in a bid to ease tensions.
Those tensions were reflected on the weekend when CNN reported…

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