US Defence Secretary Mark Esper is on a tour of the Asia-Pacific region. Photo: Reuters
Ankit Panda
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Ankit Panda

US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper seeks to balance relations on visit to Asia-Pacific

  • Official has work to do to keep regional allies happy against Donald Trump’s ‘myopic’ foreign policy
  • Esper’s next stop is at Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus in Bangkok

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US Defence Secretary Mark Esper is on a tour of the Asia-Pacific region. Photo: Reuters
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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.