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’

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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