US defence secretary Mark Esper said he hopes to visit China to enhance cooperation in areas of common interest. Photo: AFPUS defence secretary Mark Esper said he hopes to visit China to enhance cooperation in areas of common interest. Photo: AFP
US defence secretary Mark Esper said he hopes to visit China to enhance cooperation in areas of common interest. Photo: AFP

US defence secretary Mark Esper plans to visit China this year, amid increased tensions

  • Esper said he hopes to enhance cooperation and establish systems for crisis communications, as China intensified its ‘bad behaviour’ in recent months
  • An analyst said recent US moves opposing Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea were designed to sow discord between China and its Asian neighbours
Topic |   South China Sea
US defence secretary Mark Esper said he hopes to visit China to enhance cooperation in areas of common interest. Photo: AFPUS defence secretary Mark Esper said he hopes to visit China to enhance cooperation in areas of common interest. Photo: AFP
US defence secretary Mark Esper said he hopes to visit China to enhance cooperation in areas of common interest. Photo: AFP
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