She said about 250 US Marines would arrive next year, eventually being built up to 2,500 personnel.
The deployment is being seen as a move to counter China‘s growing influence.
But Mr Obama said the US was “stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific“, not excluding China.
“The main message that I’ve said, not only publicly but also privately to China, is that with their rise comes increased responsibility,” he said.
“It is important for them to play by the rules of the road.”
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin questioned whether the move was in keeping with the region’s peaceful development.
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