US highlights importance of military engagement in Asia-Pacific

The US needs to remain closely engaged militarily with its Asian and Pacific allies, especially at a time when the region is watching with concern Russia`s behaviour toward neighbouring Ukraine, the country`s top Air Force commander for the Asia-Pacific region said Monday.

US will not be diverted from Asia: Obama

US President Barack Obama said Sunday that foreign policy crises elsewhere and domestic political strife would not distract America`s attention from a rising Asia.

India for building security architecture in Asia-Pacific: Menon

India is working with China, Japan as well as with its neighbours and friends to build a "security architecture" in the strategic Asia-Pacific region to help create an environment of development and prosperity, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has said.

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

In Sydney, the fireworks will be launched from four sails of Sydney Opera House for the first time in more than a decade.

Indonesia tightens security for APEC summit

Indonesia, the host for this year`s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, has tightened security on Bali Island, where the two-day summit will be held from Monday, as more leaders arrived.

Putin, Obama may discuss Syria next week in Bali: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama may discuss the Syria crisis on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit next week in Bali, a Kremlin aide said on Thursday.

Australian PM says warships could be moved north

Australia is seen as a critical pillar in the US "pivot" to Asia and the rebalancing of its military strategy.

US wants to hasten emergence of Asia-Pacific order: Biden

The US wants to hasten emergence of an Asia-Pacific order that delivers prosperity for all the nations involved, US Vice President Joe Biden has said.

`US focused on defending itself, allies in Asia-Pacific`

The US is deploying missile defence systems in Asia Pacific region to defend itself and allies against threat from North Korea, a top Pentagon official has said.

`Situation in Asia-Pacific becoming more and more difficult`

The visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the US President Barack Obama that the security environment in the Asia-Pacific region is becoming "more and more difficult".

Leon Panetta focused on job right now: Pentagon

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is focused on his job right now, and not on his "personal future", the Pentagon has said.

`China must strengthen its nuclear capabilities`

US intelligence agencies have reportedly monitored at least three strategic missile tests by China`s Second Artillery Corps since late July.

China willing to promote military ties with US

China is willing to work with the US to properly handle their differences, a senior Chinese Army officer has said.

`US-led war games detrimental to Asia-Pacific stability`

US warships and fighter jets have participated in almost 20 war games in the Asia-Pacific region in the past 7 months.

Romney ropes in Indian to reach Asian American

Akshay Desai has been made one of the seven national co-chairs of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Mitt Romney community.

`US strategy in Asia-Pacific not to contain China`

The US strategy and re-balancing of its forces in the Asia-Pacific region is not intended to contain China, a top Pentagon commander said.

`US` new strategy not targeted at any country`

The US` rebalancing strategy and more focus on the Asia-Pacific region is not targeted against any country, the Pentagon said.

US to deploy 60% of Navy fleet to Pacific by 2020

The boost in ship presence could increase tensions with China, where leaders are unhappy with any larger US presence in Asia-Pacific region.

`US to bolster military presence in Asia-Pacific`

Leon Panetta said that a new strategy focused on Asia would bring more troops and high-tech weapons to project American power in the region.

US leading world once more: Obama

The US is leading the world once more and people across the globe admire America the most as they have developed a "new confidence" in its leadership, President Barack Obama said.