US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper says the United States must increase military spending to meet challenges from China. Photo: USA TODAY US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper says the United States must increase military spending to meet challenges from China. Photo: USA TODAY
US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper says the United States must increase military spending to meet challenges from China. Photo: USA TODAY

‘Challenges for China’ in call for bigger US defence budget by Mark Esper

  • American defence chief’s request for Indo-Pacific focus shows that Washington sees Beijing as the enemy, analyst says
  • China must ‘forge stronger ties with its neighbours’ and be prepared for conflict

Topic |   China’s military
US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper says the United States must increase military spending to meet challenges from China. Photo: USA TODAY US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper says the United States must increase military spending to meet challenges from China. Photo: USA TODAY
US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper says the United States must increase military spending to meet challenges from China. Photo: USA TODAY
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