US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was fired by US President Donald Trump on November 9. Esper was seen as ready to communicate with China. Photo: AFP US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was fired by US President Donald Trump on November 9. Esper was seen as ready to communicate with China. Photo: AFP
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was fired by US President Donald Trump on November 9. Esper was seen as ready to communicate with China. Photo: AFP

China-US tension: Beijing worries that Esper’s exit raises risk of military action and accidents

  • Appointment of Christopher Miller as acting US defence secretary raises red flags, according to military observers
  • Joint exercises this week between US marines and Taiwanese troops seen by Beijing as ‘challenging its bottom line’

Topic |   US-China relations
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was fired by US President Donald Trump on November 9. Esper was seen as ready to communicate with China. Photo: AFP US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was fired by US President Donald Trump on November 9. Esper was seen as ready to communicate with China. Photo: AFP
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was fired by US President Donald Trump on November 9. Esper was seen as ready to communicate with China. Photo: AFP
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