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Indo-Pacific is most 'consequential' region for 21st century: Austin

U.S. defense chief renews push to resume 'absolutely critical' China talks

 U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is on a tour of the Indo-Pacific region. (Photo by Ryo Nakamura)

SINGAPORE -- U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is renewing his commitment to prioritizing the Indo-Pacific region despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine as he kicks off a trip to Japan, Singapore and India.

Austin will meet Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada in Tokyo on Thursday and attend the Asian security conference known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, which opens in Singapore on Friday, and deliver a speech on Asian policy. He will visit India afterward.

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