News / Asia

Hagel: Malaysia Jet Search Shows Need for US in Asia

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) listens to Malaysian Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during a welcome reception for Southeast Asian defense ministers in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 1, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) listens to Malaysian Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during a welcome reception for Southeast Asian defense ministers in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 1, 2014.
VOA News
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the missing Malaysian jetliner will be a focus of this week's talks with Southeast Asian defense ministers in Hawaii.

Speaking Wednesday aboard a plane on his way to the summit, Hagel stopped short of criticizing Malaysia's handling of the incident, but said there are "always lessons to be learned."

"We're going to go back, the Malaysians will go back, all the ASEAN nations will go back and walk through this. What could have been done? Maybe what should have been done? Maybe what needs to be done better?" said Hagel.

The Boeing 777 mysteriously disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board. More than two dozen countries have participated in the search for the plane's wreckage in the Indian Ocean.

Geopolitics have complicated the search, with many analysts saying the the effort has exposed rivalries between Asian powers competing for military influence.

Hagel said the disaster highlights the importance of expanded regional defense cooperation and greater U.S. military involvement in Asia.

"I want those defense ministers after they leave Hawaii to feel even more clarity about U.S. commitment to the area, our coordination, our communication, the areas we can cooperate more and more and more and certainly humanitarian assistance, disaster relief is one [area]," said Hagel.

The U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum is an informal meeting of defense chiefs from the 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Following the summit, Hagel will visit Japan, China and Mongolia.

Hagel, who is making his fourth trip to Asia since becoming Pentagon chief, is tasked with helping carry out the Obama administration's economic and military "pivot" toward the Asia-Pacific.

In an opinion piece Wednesday on the Defense One website, Hagel said Washington remains committed to realizing the Asia rebalance. He promised the U.S. will continue to defend its allies and uphold international laws.

You May Like

Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid