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In the Philippines, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will discuss expanding U.S. military’s presence in a visit to the country, as Manila aims to defend its territorial claims in disputed waters with China.

Hagel flew into Manila amid fresh strains between the Philippines and China over disputes in the South China Sea, with President Benigno Aquino calling off a visit to Beijing next week at China’s request.

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