T.note n. 3 (November 2015)

Military Spending in East Asia: A Growing Concern?

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"October 27th: a US warship - the USS Lassen - sails within less than 12 nautical miles from Subi Reef and Mischief Reef, in the contested Spratly archipelago, where key players in the region such as China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam vie for exclusive sovereign- ty. This episode is the most recent sign of growing tensions in the South and East China Seas.
As Beijing attempts to strengthen its position especially in the South China Sea - including through the development of artificial islands - the United States reacts by declaring its commitment to promoting international law and freedom of navigation, and the US Department of Defence stated the trip of the USS Lassen was the first of several scheduled in the coming months."

Empirical proof of growing tensions in the Far East can also be traced in the data on global military expenditure, as presented in the latest edition of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Yearbook.
The launch of the Yearbook Summary - translated into Italian by T.wai since 2011 - provided the opportunity for an in-depth discussion on security and arms sales in East Asia, jointly organized in Turin on October 28th by T.wai, the University of Torino and the analysts of "Il Caffè Geopolitico". Dr. Simone Dossi (T.wai and University of Milan), Mr. Marco Giulio Barone (T.wai and Il Caffé Geopolitico) and Prof. Stefano Ruzza (T.wai and University of Torino) examined the key security flashpoints in the region, and the trends of arms sales and acquisitions in East Asia.

T.note n. 3 is authored by Stefano Ruzza and Giorgia Brucato and it reflects on military spending in East Asia.

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