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U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary plans to visit Japan and South Korea next week, choosing the two close U.S. allies for his debut trip abroad as Pentagon chief, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.The trip would closely follow Trump's withdrawal from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, fulfilling a campaign pledge but disappointing many key U.S. allies in Asia.Mattis, in his confirmation hearing this month, described "the Pacific theater" as a priority and analysts expect new U.S. military spending under Trump's administration would strengthen America's military presence in Asia over time.
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