MANAMA, Bahrain | Mattis: China’s defense chief to visit Washington next week

MANAMA, Bahrain | Mattis: China’s defense chief to visit Washington next week

MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is announcing that China’s defense chief will travel to Washington next week for a meeting that has been delayed by tensions between the two nations.

Mattis tells a security conference that he’ll meet with Defense Minister Wei Fenghe. Relations in the past year have been rocked by disputes over China’s militarization of the South China Sea and trade tariffs pushed by the Trump administration.

A Chinese destroyer also came aggressively close to a U.S.

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