by Staff Writer
August 20, 2013 (TSR) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is scheduled to depart Aug. 22 for a four-nation trip to Southeast Asia, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement released by U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday.
Little’s statement reads as follows:
Secretary Hagel will depart Washington on Thursday for a four-nation trip to Southeast Asia from Aug. 22-30, 2013.
Secretary Hagel will begin his trip in Honolulu where he will meet with U.S. PACOM Commander Admiral Locklear and visit with United States Marines at Kaneohe Bay.
From Jakarta, Secretary Hagel will travel to Brunei Aug. 27-29 to meet with defense counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific region.
On Aug. 28 in Brunei, Secretary Hagel will meet with ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] Defense Ministers at their annual retreat. On Aug. 29, Secretary Hagel will participate in the ADMM-Plus meeting.
Secretary Hagel will conclude his trip in Manila [the Philippines] on Aug. 29-30 and return to Washington the evening of Aug. 30.
The trip is seen as part of US Pivot to Asia – a provocation against China, a rising super global power, who wants world peace and harmony since the Ancient times.