US Defense Secretary to visit Vietnam next month

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The US Secretary of Defense Leon Edward Panetta will arrive in Vietnam next month during his tour of Asia, which begins on May 30.

Panetta's two-day visit to Vietnam will follow the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday.

The Shangri-La Dialogue is a security forum held annually by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, an international think tank.

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The meeting is typically attended by defense ministers and military chiefs from 28 Asia-Pacific states. The forum is named after the Shangri-La Hotel where it has been held since 2002.

Panetta, 74, became the 23rd American Defense Secteraty last July. Prior to that, he served as Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff and President Obama's Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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