US Defence Secretary Mark Esper speaks after meeting South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo. Photo: Reuters

US bid for Seoul to keep intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo stalls

  • Pentagon chief Mark Esper described the accord as ‘an important tool... particularly in times of war’
  • He also called for South Korea as a ‘wealthy country’ to share the burden of cost for US troops deployed there
Topic |   South Korea

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US Defence Secretary Mark Esper speaks after meeting South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo. Photo: Reuters
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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on November 15. Photo: AP

Beijing’s South China Sea stance and US ‘truancy’ set to headline Asean defence meeting

  • US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe will meet in Bangkok with ministers from the 10-member Asean bloc and six other countries
  • Tensions between Vietnam and China over territorial disputes rose ahead of this weekend’s Asean Defence Ministers Meeting Plus, creating a potential flashpoint
Topic |   Asean

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on November 15. Photo: AP
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