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The US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said that America will expand its military presence across Asia and the Pacific and strengthen ties with its traditional allies, Robert Kaplan, says that the South China Sea is a new arena for regional rivalry as China want to see the disappearance of the US military in the region. Robert Kaplan is the National Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and Senior Fellow at the Centre for a New American Security; he is also a speaker at the US Studies Centre 2011 National Summit on the 9/11 decade.