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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