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Hagel assures Asian allies on US pivot

REBALANCING:Despite concern over Syria, the US defense chief said Washington remains committed to promoting economic and security relations with the region

AFP, JERUDONG, Brunei

Hagel, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, met his Vietnamese counterpart yesterday and accepted an invitation to visit the country next year, officials said.

He also was due to meet Myanmar’s defense minister in Brunei, before heading to the Philippines today to wrap up his trip.

The ASEAN gathering brings together defense ministers from 10 Southeast Asian countries plus Japan, China, South Korea, the US, Russia, India, Australia and New Zealand.

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