Increased military spending does not portend an Asean arms race

Increased military spending does not portend an Asean arms race

Southeast Asian countries’ historically high defence budgets are the sum of various national considerations: financial self-sufficiency, territorial control, expansion of capabilities, peacetime missions and the development of the local defence industry. The threat of China plays a limited role. Several Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, the Philippines, and Vietnam depended heavily on extra-regional powers […]

Small Asean States Deserve Big-Picture Security Leadership

Small Asean States Deserve Big-Picture Security Leadership

As defence chiefs from 26 countries gathered for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore in May, all eyes were on the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and his Chinese counterpart Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of People’s Liberation Army (PLA). As expected, maritime disputes in the South China […]