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China criticizes outgoing U.S. defense secretary, but offers praise too

BEIJING: China’s Defence Ministry criticized outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday for his “false accusations” against China, but also offered praise for his efforts to promote Sino-U.S. military ties. U.S. President Donald Trump said this week he would replace Mattis two months earlier than expected, after he resigned the previous week over policy differences with Trump. Trump on Monday criticized Mattis and his view of alliances, saying the Pentagon chief failed to recognize the true costs of…