U.S. eyes enhancing naval presence in Japan

By Kakumi Kobayashi

WASHINGTON, March 5 (PNA/Kyodo) — The United States is seeking to enhance its naval presence in Japan and its overall military presence in Southeast Asia, according to a quadrennial defense policy report released Tuesday.

The plan is part of continued U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region against the backdrop of China’s rising maritime presence. The Defense Department also warned the risk of conflict amid tension over sovereignty and natural resources in the area.

“We will continue our contributions to the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, seeking to preserve peace and stability in a region that is increasingly central to U.S. political, economic, and security interests,” the Quadrennial Defense Review said.(PNA/ITAR-TASS)