US navigating shifting security interests in Asia-Pacific
KO OLINA, Hawaii — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter emphasized U.S. willingness to respect changing influences when addressing security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Carter made the comments Friday during the opening session of a meeting of defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
ASEAN, as it is commonly known, is a partnership 10 nations – Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. The bloc is considered a key U.S. partner in America's effort to bolster its influence in the Pacific in the face of China’s economic and military rise.
“We'll share our nation’s perspectives on security and listen to others," Carter said in his opening remarks.
China was not participating in this meeting but does attend the more formal annual conferences of ASEAN.
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