U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is traveling in Southeast Asia in a bid to strengthen ties with the militaries of partners and allies in the face of China’s growing influence in the region. Hagel has arrived in Brunei for a meeting of defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN.
It is a visit meant to reassure partner nations that the United States stands behind them in their efforts to build their militaries.
At a stop in Indonesia, the U.S. defense …
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