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Does Sec. Mattis speak for President Trump?

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When Mattis reaffirmed Washington's treaty commitment to defending Japan, he emphasized that this would include a disputed island chain claimed by both Japan, which calls it the Senkakus, and China, which calls them the Diaoyu islands.
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Trump has assembled an eclectic Asia team, and it's not yet clear whose views will hold sway.
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Trump has in the past recommended that he would concede to Mattis, who is immovably restricted to restoring torment, on the issue, yet he seemed to go encourage Friday in shutting the entryway on the issue.
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