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Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Washington: The Pentagon is trying to retain its focus on Asia with a second trip to the region by Defence Secretary Mark Esper.

He sets out Wednesday for a weeklong trip as the Middle East again commands more attention in Washington and more demands on US troops.

Both of Esper's Asia visits illustrate the central feature of a revamped U.S. defense strategy: Focus first on China as a threat to US global predominance, rather than remain bogged down in a generation-long fight against extremist groups.

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