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Asian defense officials discuss US role

11-01-2012 08:36 BJT

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Asian defense officials have gathered for the Tokyo Defense Forum. They discussed the changing role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.

Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto told delegates the US role in the region and a multilateral approach to security issues were the main questions for the forum.

US President Barack Obama is backing calls to shift military, diplomatic and economic resources toward the region. The US Department of Defense has also announced plans to increase the presence of its naval forces.

Notably absent at the meeting was China. Chinese officials chose not to attend the forum as the dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands continues to overshadow cooperation between Asia’s two largest economies.



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