Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PACOM Commander Discusses Asia-Pacific Partnerships, Issues at CSIS

Adm. Timothy J. Keating, commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), provided an update on military-to-military relationships throughout Asia-Pacific during a Sept. 15 presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, D.C.

An American Forces Press Service story captures the highlights of the presentation, which included discussion of issues associated with friends and allies such as Japan, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, India, and Indonesia.

The presentation touched on a number of other issues, as well, such as the resumption of military to military dialogue with China and a desire for Chinese participation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises, and search and rescue exercises.

Regarding North Korea, Adm. Keating emphasized that PACOM is in support of U.S. State Department efforts and the multilateral goal of a return to the Six Party Talks and ultimately, certifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Lauding the alliance with Japan, Adm. Keating said he expects no significant changes in the military-to-military relationship as a result of the seating of a new government.

The Admiral wrapped up his 30-minute address by emphasizing the partnership, readiness and presence. He noted that the feedback he receives when travelling throughout the region is that the U.S. is the indispensible partner who is counted on to help ensure peace and stability throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

View the complete discussion, including a follow-on question and answer session, here on the blog, or on the CSIS website.

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