Pacific Exercises At Record Levels But US 'Not In Search of Conflict': Esper
Last updated 7/21/2020 at 10:41am
The Epoch Times
The Navy is “not in search of conflict” as it continues Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea at a record pace, according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said he hopes to visit his counterpart in China by the end of the year.
In his speech on July 22, Esper outlined the U.S. vision for security in the Indo-pacific region.
He said that appetite for multilateral cooperation in the region had grown since the pandemic, and following the recent uptick in Chinese aggression in the region.
Strengthening partnerships in the region is one o...