lørdag 22. desember 2018

‘Mad Dog was one of the sane ones’: why China will miss James Mattis when he quits Trump’s White House

China will probably miss James Mattis after he steps down as US defence secretary next year, Chinese analysts have said. They said his departure would add more uncertainty to the relationship between the two sides, which have become increasingly tense owing to a series of rivalries ranging from trade and technology to geopolitics and the military.

The former four-star Marine Corps general has been also been tough on China, but the tensions between the two militaries have been properly managed throughout his term and never escalated into conflict or crisis. “Mattis has been pulling the reins,” said Qiao Liang, a Chinese Air Force major general and military strategist.