U.S. Maintains Enduring, Consistent Commitment to Asia

June 3 - U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made remarks at the Tenth Shangri-La Security Dialogue highlighting the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region. "The United States and Asia will only become more inextricably linked over the course of this century," Gates said.

Gates noted that with this visit to Singapore, he has made 14 trips to Asia in the four and a half years he’s been the defense secretary; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will embark on her eighth trip to Asia in July; and President Obama has traveled to Asia each year he has been in office.