United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is in Africa this week, his first visit to the continent as defense chief, in a trip that’s aimed in part to push back against increased Chinese and Russian military influence in the region.
Secretary Esper arrived in Tunisia on Wednesday where he met with President Kais Saied and visited a World War II cemetery to honor US service members. There he delivered a speech that included warnings about Washington’s rivals in Moscow and Beijing.
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