US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper stands with President Donald Trump after being sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Photo: AP
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New US defence chief a believer in diplomacy

  • It is no surprise that Mark Esper shares the hawkish views of leading White House figures towards China, but Beijing can take comfort in his belief that unwarranted conflict is not in anyone’s interest

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US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper stands with President Donald Trump after being sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Photo: AP
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