Region will see change of Pacific Command leader within a year

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent 

TOKYO — Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command and a fierce advocate of the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, is likely to step down next year.

Reuters suggested that the departure of Harris, the first Asian-American to achieve the rank in the U.S. Navy and the 24th commander of USPACOM, will leave President Donald J. Trump with a critically important position to fill at a time of heightened tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Harris was appointed by President Barack . . .

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