In the first response of the Chinese government to the upcoming departure of the former general, Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said: "(Mattis) made positive efforts to make military-military relations a stabilizer in the whole relationship between China and the United States USA. "  Wu said Beijing was also looking forward to a "solid and stable" relationship with Mattis' successor, incumbent Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, when he took office on January 1.
Mattis & # 39; Time in the top position of the Pentagon came in the emerging political situation economic and military tensions between the US and China, including a more assertive attitude of Washington in the South China Sea and selling large arms to Taiwan.
In his letter of resignation to Trump, Mattis clarified that China poses a major threat to the country's US and its international agenda.
"I think we have to be determined and clear about those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly linked to ours," he wrote.
"It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world that conforms to their authoritarian model – the right of veto over economic, diplomatic and security decisions of other nations – to their own interests at the expense of neighbors, the US and to represent our allies. "[19659002WusmittedMattis'CommeEswaren"unfoundedallegations"