But, speaking to reporters in Washington this afternoon, Mr Kerry took issue with the term itself, saying the word "pivot" suggested America's deepening commitment to Asia would be at the expense of other regions.

Mr Kerry said what the US was doing was "rebalancing" its global commitments.

"The word pivot, I think, implied a departure from somewhere else and I don't think our rebalance and out engagement has to be at the expense of anybody else," Mr Kerry said.

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