Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe greets US counterpart Mark Esper in Bangkok on Monday. Photo: AP

US should stop its provocation over Taiwan and South China Sea, Beijing defence minister tells Mark Esper

  • Wei Fenghe calls on Washington to cease flexing its muscles, while Esper says his country seeks a free and open Indo-Pacific
  • But the two defence ministers discuss how military-to-military cooperation can be a ‘stabiliser’ in the broader relationship
Topic |   US-China relations

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Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe greets US counterpart Mark Esper in Bangkok on Monday. Photo: AP
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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’
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This will be Mark Esper’s second visit to the region since August. Photo: AFP
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