The Pentagon admitted the possibility of conflict between the US and China

The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis, said the possibility of tensions between the US and China. This he said at the annual Asian security summit “Shangri-La Dialogue,” Reuters reports.

“While competition between the US and China — the two largest economies in the world is inevitable, and the conflict cannot be ruled out,” said Mattis.

According to him, Washington supports the efforts by Beijing to curb North Korea, but do not agree with increasing military power of China in the South China sea.

Mattis at the same time stressed that the United States continues to seek cooperation with partners. “Whether we like it or not, we are all part of the world. What would it be for the world if we all retreat behind their borders?” — said the head of the Pentagon.

The Minister reminded that slowing down or looking back nuclear and missile programs of North Korea became a security priority for Washington, given the promise by Pyongyang to develop a missile capable to strike at the U.S. mainland.

May 29, North Korea successfully tested a ballistic missile that is controlled with precision guidance system.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula is one of the most intense topics of international politics. It was reported that Washington is ready to launch a preemptive strike on North Korean military targets if Pyongyang decides for another nuclear test. In response, the DPRK said that in this case will cause a pre-emptive strike.