Asia: defence spending and arms procurement

Andrew T. H. Tan

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Asia’s steady economic rise and the accompanying increase in military expenditure has led to the problem of the uncontrolled proliferation of conventional arms in the region. The key trends include: the acquisition of new capabilities where none had existed in the past; the acquisition of the latest and most sophisticated military technologies; the emphasis on naval power projection in the form of expanded maritime power; the renewed emphasis on airpower; and enhancements to land power. This increase in military power projection capabilities has accentuated security dilemmas, in turn increasing the potential for misperceptions, miscalculations and accidental war. This suggests the urgent need for arms control and other confidence-building measures in order to ameliorate the consequences of Asia’s relentless arms build-up.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch handbook on the arms trade
EditorsAndrew T. H. Tan
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK ; Northampton, USA
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781789900996
ISBN (Print)9781789900989
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Asia
  • defence spending
  • arms procurement
  • military technology
  • security dilemma
  • arms control


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