The past year has been a time of promise as the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, and elsewhere have demanded at ballot boxes the freedom that they deserve. Dictatorships around the world are losing sway, as more and more people recognize the greater opportunities a life of freedom affords. (Transcript)
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD RUMSFELD & CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF GEN. RICHARD MYERS' TRIP TO ASIA
Secretary Rumsfeld held bilateral meetings with defense ministers from several Asian countries and Australia while at the Asian Security Conference in Singapore.
Countries in the region have similar security concerns, including terrorism, piracy and how the area's defense capabilities are evolving.
It is critical for the United States to remain involved in the region.
Defense discussions on Asia must include the North Korean nuclear and missile threat, and China's increase in defense spending.
North Korea is one of the world's leading proliferators of ballistic-missile technologies and potentially nuclear technologies.
China's economy is expanding rapidly and its defense budget is growing apace with its economy. The country is a major weapon purchaser in the world, largely from Russia and other countries as well.
To the extent that China moves toward freer political and economic systems, its relationship with the rest of the world will be closer. To the extent that its political system causes its economic system to be less free, it will be less of a factor in the world and have fewer relationships.
Singapore and the United States have a close military-to-military relationship.
Singapore hosts ship visits and serves as a resupply point for U.S. Navy vessels. The Singaporean military exercises with U.S. forces in large exercises and numerous smaller bilateral exercises.
While in Singapore, Gen. Myers received the Distinguished Service Order (Military), the highest Singaporean award given to foreigners. The award was to recognize Gen. Myers for his efforts to increase cooperation between the two countries.
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June 9, 2005
The Pentagon Channel will air the National Defense University commencement address given by Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at 9 a.m.