US seeks to expand military presence in Asia
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said the US wants a larger military presence in Asia.
On his way to Australia for annual security talks, Mr Gates said closer ties with Australia would help the US expand its role in South East Asia.
The US would focus on fighting piracy, improving counter-terrorism, disaster aid and cyber-security, he said.
He said the US move was not to contain China, which is engaged in various territorial disputes in the region.
Mr Gates said Washington had no plans for more bases in the region.
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More News On America's Expanding It's Military Presence In Asia
US military seeks to expand presence in Asia: Def Secy -- Economic Times
Gates: U.S. Seeks Stronger Security Relationships in Asia -- U.S. Department of Defense
Australia-U.S. Summit Sets Stage for Closer Defense Cooperation -- U.S. Department of Defense
US to share Aussie bases 'speculation' -- Sydney Morning Herald
Australia boosting U.S. military role -- UPI
Gates says US seeks no new bases in Asia -- AP
U.S. military moves in Asia not aimed at China: Gates -- Reuters