We use the Pacific Ocean - and the name itself says that it is peaceful - and we want all the countries that use it to flourish,Mattis told reporters accompanying him on the trip.
I want to convey (the thought) that we respect the sovereign countries of Asia with their sovereign right to vote and decision-making. We do not believe that anyone else has the exclusive right with respect to their economies, their diplomacy and their decisions regarding security,added on.
Meanwhile, observers noted that during the visit, Mattis will try to "weaken the influence of China and Russia in the region, showing the advantages of US policy."
In particular, the Minister intends to discuss issues of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, with an emphasis on PLA actions in this area of the world ocean.