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Hagel resignation comes at tough time for US defense policy

By Agencies in Washington ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-11-26 07:38:12

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation comes at a particularly tough time for the country's foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts.

It also raises the prospect of policy shifts as US President Barack Obama seeks to sign up his fourth Pentagon chief in six years.

During a White House ceremony on Monday after Hagel had submitted his resignation, Obama said he and Hagel agreed it is an "appropriate time for him to complete his service". Neither the president nor Hagel cited specific reasons for the change. Hagel aides said he had initiated private talks with the president in late October but is not leaving over policy conflicts.

Hagel resignation comes at tough time for US defense policy

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