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Justin Green Feb 4, 2017
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Mad Dog an "instant hit" in Asia

Eugene Hoshiko / AP

That's how the Associated Press describes the welcome given to Trump's Secretary of Defense in Japan and South Korea.

  • He picked up love from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who noted Mattis served on Okinawa in the 1970s.
  • And in South Korea, Defense Minister Han Min Koo said long tenures in their respective militaries will make it easy for them to work together.

Why it matters: The U.S. needs its allies in Asia. Trump has already pulled the U.S. out of TPP negotiations, and China is actively working to become the region's dominant player.