Observers say the US is sending mixed messages on how it wants to resolve its differences with China. Photo: AFP
Observers say the US is sending mixed messages on how it wants to resolve its differences with China. Photo: AFP

US-China relations: would a Mark Esper visit to Beijing ease tensions, or add to the confusion?

  • As the storm between Beijing and Washington continues to brew, the US defence secretary says he wants to improve ‘crisis communication’ channels
  • But with the two sides locked in conflict on multiple fronts, observers question what he will be able to achieve

Observers say the US is sending mixed messages on how it wants to resolve its differences with China. Photo: AFP
Observers say the US is sending mixed messages on how it wants to resolve its differences with China. Photo: AFP
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