US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said on Wednesday that the United States wanted to invest in more bases in the Asia-Pacific. Photo: AP

New US military bases in Asia-Pacific ‘likely to be temporary’ for troop flexibility

  • Former adviser to US Indo-Pacific Command chief says Pentagon wants locations that aren’t permanent to allow forces to be rotated as needed
  • But analysts say nature of stations won’t deter Beijing from using ‘coercive diplomacy’ on host countries
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US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said on Wednesday that the United States wanted to invest in more bases in the Asia-Pacific. Photo: AP
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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
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US and South Korean soldiers at a ceremony on an American base near Seoul. Photo: AP
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