Mon, Nov 05, 2007 - Page 5 News List

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates heads for Beijing


From Beijing, Gates travels to South Korea and Japan for talks that the official described as exercises in alliance building.

Security relations with South Korea have improved amid a realignment of US forces on the peninsula, he said.

In Japan, Gates will seek support for a resumption of a Japanese naval refueling operation in support of coalition "war on terror" operations in the Indian Ocean.

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