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

2nd February 2018 - 01:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Singapore


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.

Instead, what we are witnessing is merely a modernisation of naval fleets within ASEAN. Wu described it as a ‘multidirectional expansion in quantity and quality’. 

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