U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said: China is a destabilizing power in Indo-Pacific region.

MojNews- China is destabilising the Indo-Pacific , U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, charging Beijing with predatory economics, intellectual property theft and "weaponising the global commons".

The comments by Esper on his first overseas trip as U.S. defence secretary threaten to inflame already heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing as they wage an escalating trade war .

China's increasing assertiveness, especially in the energy-rich South China Sea, has raised concerns within the region and the United States is challenging Chinese maritime hegemony and seeking stronger ties with nations pushing back against Beijing.

"We firmly believe no one nation can or should dominate the Indo-Pacific and we are working alongside our allies and partners to address the region's pressing security needs, Esper told reporters in Sydney.