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Pentagon chief heads to S'pore for Shangri-La Dialogue

At the summit, the topic of Beijing's South China Sea construction is likely to lead discussions

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Mr Carter will also meet his Japanese counterpart in Singapore instead of Japan, given the furore surrounding the arrest of a former US Marine on Okinawa, a US defence official said.

Washington

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will depart Tuesday for an Asian security summit in Singapore, where Beijing's military expansion across the South China Sea likely will once again dominate discussions.

Regional neighbours are fretting over what they see as China's

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