US and South Korean soldiers at a ceremony on an American base near Seoul. Photo: AP

Chinese military figures cast doubt on US plans to build more bases in Asia-Pacific

  • US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says Pentagon wants to expand presence in region, but PLA strategists suggest countries may not want to sacrifice relations with China
  • Beijing has already warned of countermeasures if American missiles are stationed in the region and the latest plans threaten to up the ante
Topic |   US-China relations

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US and South Korean soldiers at a ceremony on an American base near Seoul. Photo: AP
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The US has had port visits denied by Chinese authorities twice this month. Photo: Alamy

China again blocks US Navy port visit as Qingdao request is denied

  • It follows Beijing’s decision earlier this month to turn down an application for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong
  • The countries have traded barbs about the handling of anti-government protests in the city
Topic |   China military

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The US has had port visits denied by Chinese authorities twice this month. Photo: Alamy
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