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Mattis in Southeast Asia, Amid Fresh US Focus on China

Just days after unveiling a new Pentagon strategy that prioritizes the U.S. geopolitical rivalry with China, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting a chance to start implementing it. Mattis is in Jakarta, Indonesia, the first stop on a week-long trip that will also take him to Vietnam.  Both countries are modernizing their militaries and have pushed back on China’s expansive territorial claims.   On Friday, Mattis unveiled a National Defense Strategy that outlines a fresh...

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