|From story #X, US Defense Secretary meets his Chinese counterpart, General Liang Guanglie, in Singapore. This is not a Korean story per se, but any discussion of the US's deterrence role in East Asia has repercussions for Korea (see here and here).|
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- ROK Defense Minister Kim Kwanjin vows a far stronger response than in the past to future North Korean attacks, what he termed "proactive deterrence": "I don't think we can be reserved because they are being bolder and bolder" (AP via NPR, Korea Herald)
- US Defense Secretary, speaking in Singapore, says US budget woes and war fatigue will not deter US involvement in East Asia (Bloomberg, NYT, AP via WaPo, Korea Herald)
- Gates warns of clashes in oil- and gas-rich South China Sea without a code of conduct (Bloomberg)
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