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Hagel to meet with Malaysian counterpart

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By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet with Malaysia's defense minister this week amid ongoing criticism about how well the search for missing Flight 370 has been conducted and coordinated with other nations.

The defense leaders will come together at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations hosted by Hagel in Honolulu. A major topic will be how all the countries can better work together during disasters like the missing Malaysian Airlines plane and Typhoon Haiyan (HY'-ahn) that ravaged the Philippines late last year.

Hagel said the participants will review, in his words, "What could have been done, maybe what should have been done, what needs to be done better." He said coordination between nations was key.

Hagel spoke with reporters Tuesday traveling with him en route to Hawaii.

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