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New threats will not distract U.S. from Asia, Hagel says

By David Brunnstrom ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – The United States will not be deterred from plans to strengthen its military position in Asia by emerging threats elsewhere, the U.S. defense secretary said on Thursday as he prepared to meet allies in the region worried by an increasingly assertive China. President Barack Obama, in a keynote foreign policy speech on Wednesday, surprised and disappointed some in Asia when he made no specific reference…