US pledges to work with ASEAN to tackle regional challenges

Saturday, 2016-10-01 21:58:07
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US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter
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NDO/VNA—US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter reasserted the US’s “rebalance” to the Asia–Pacific region would continue under the next US administration while chairing an informal meeting of ASEAN and US defence ministers in Hawaii on September 30.

Addressing the event, Carter said the “Rebalance,” or “Pivot,” was a pillar of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, with his focus shifting away from the Middle East to the Asia–Pacific Region. He conveyed his country’s pledge to continue stepping up cooperation to tackle common security challenges in the region, including the return of hundreds of jihadists from Iraq and Syria. One of the major challenges was China’s operation in the East Sea, he added. Carter is expected to hold separate meetings with all ASEAN defence ministers, including Defence Minister of the Philippines Delfin Lorenzana.