SE Asia: no naval arms race

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ADECS 2018: ‘No naval arms race’ in Southeast Asia

by Gordon Arthur

It is ‘very hard to fit’ the Southeast Asian region into the definition of an arms race, according to discussions at the maritime security section of the ADECS 2018 conference in Singapore on 30-31 January.

Wu Shang-Su, research fellow of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, described Southeast Asia as a geographically diverse region in which a military confrontation is unlikely.

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