Mon, Nov 05, 2007 - Page 5 News List

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates heads for Beijing

AFP , WASHINGTON

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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