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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This will be Mark Esper’s second visit to the region since August. Photo: AFP

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper starts second Indo-Pacific tour with bid to counter Chinese power

  • Pentagon says Esper will discuss Beijing’s South China Sea claims on visit to South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam
  • Statement giving details of trip calls Indo-Pacific region the Pentagon’s ‘priority theatre’
Topic |   US-China relations

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This will be Mark Esper’s second visit to the region since August. Photo: AFP
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