Asia Races To Arm Itself
Below is an excerpt from The Wall Street Journal and it is an incredibly in depth article that I’d highly recommend. The article thoroughly explains the new arms race that is taking place in Asian countries who are desperate to defend themselves from a growing China. The article features interactive graphs and information that should scare nations like Japan who has had disputes with China.
At Mazagon Dock near the southern tip of Mumbai, hidden behind high concrete walls, hundreds of Indian workers are putting the finishing touches on the hulls of two 217-foot Scorpène-class attack submarines, the first of six slated to be built over the next few years. One big reason India is beefing up its arsenal: China. From the Arabian Sea to the Pacific Ocean, countries fearful of China’s growing economic and military might—and worried that the U.S. will be less likely to intervene in the region—are hurtling into a new arms race.The buildup is unfolding as the world’s military balance appears to be shifting in tandem with its economic balance. China is beginning to build a military to match its powerful economy. This is happening as the U.S. and its staunchest allies, including Britain, are looking at flat or falling military spending. Continue Reading @ The WSJ