>> US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Seoul on Thursday and immediately assured South Koreans America's security pledge is iron clad.>> This includes maintaining the current US force levels on the Korean Peninsula.>> Mattis and South Korean officials also said UN sanctions on the North should stay in place until they take irreversible steps in getting rid of their nuclear weapons.
However, not all of his stops of a three-nation tour of Asia this week were so routine. He'd just flown from Beijing where he said he was very happy with how it all went with China. Beijing story on the visit was less rosy. State media reported that President Xi Jinping told Mattis while China is committed to peace with America, it would quote, not give up even one inch of territory left behind by our ancestors.
Reuters Christian Shepard's been reporting the story from Beijing.>> Xi Jinping telling Jim Mattis that he would not give up a single inch of China's territory, although it's a position he said before is a very strong statement of how China sees it's territorial claims.>> China is also deeply suspicious of American intentions towards self-governed and democratic Taiwan.
>> Trump administration has been making overtures to Taiwan since before even Donald Trump was in office and this is got Beijing very worried. It's really got heck closed up and things like the decision to possibly send a warship through the Taiwan Strait which is being considered in Washington like opening a new embassy, a de facto embassy in Taiwan.
These sorts of things have really worried Beijing and they have forcefully opposed them every time they happen.>> On Thursday, Reuters also reported China had rejected a US request for talks over how American airlines and their websites refer to Taiwan. China's demanded that foreign firms begin to refer to Taiwan as Chinese territory.
The relationship between the two countries' militaries has also been tested recently. In May the US revoked an invitation to China to join a multilateral naval exercise held in Hawaii.