SecDef speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue.
Given these trends, President Obama has stated the United States will play a larger role in this region over the decades to come. This effort will draw on the strengths of the entire United States government. We take on this role not as a distant power, but as part of the Pacific family of nations. Our goal is to work closely with all of the nations of this region to confront common challenges and to promote peace, prosperity, and security for all nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
SecDef reaffirms American interests in the Pacific, talks about using all the instruments of national power together, talks about commitment to international rules and order. Some interesting questions at the end, like “how are you going to pay for this” and “is this just an Obama thing” and “if you’re talking so much about how you’re not threatening the Chinese and you’re both going to cooperate, how come they didn’t show up.”