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the diversity among southeast asian countries raise the untrust between each other. in addition, US has been misleading southeast asian that China is rising to be a overwhelming one that wants to dominate this area. and there were many disputes or conflicts in history in this area. |
hope the potention tragedy will not realize
Weapons sales to Southeast Asia have surged in the past five years, piling up concerns that an arms race could threaten regional stability, a leading security institute said Monday.
The huge rise is partly a consequence of profit-driven military dealers stoking fears over the fast development of China, analysts said.
Arms deliveries to the region almost doubled between 2005 and 2009 compared with the previous five years, as imports in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia increased 722 percent, 146 percent and 84 percent respectively by volume, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report.
"The current wave of Southeast Asian acquisitions could destabilize the region, jeopardizing decades of peace," Siemon Wezeman, SIPRI's Asia expert, said.
Military expert Liu Jiangping said defence against China may not be the main reason Southeast Asian nations are making arms purchases.
"Conflicts within the region are the major reason for the current military buildup there," Liu said.
The remarkable rise in purchases of combat aircraft and warships by the three countries prompted some neighboring countries to follow these acquisitions with orders of their own, according to the report.
Last year, Vietnam joined its regional counterparts, becoming the latest Southeast Asian country to order long-range combat aircraft and submarines. Singapore is the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member to be among the top 10 arms importers by SIPRI since the end of the Vietnam war.
Global arms transfers during the five-year period grew 22 percent, with Asia and Oceania the biggest recipients accounting for 41 percent of the total, the Swedish institute said.
Europe followed with 24 percent, then the Middle East with 17 percent.
The United States remained the world's biggest weaponry seller, accounting for 30 percent of overseas arms sales during the period. Almost 40 percent of its deliveries went to Asia and Oceania and a similar proportion to the Middle East, the report said.
Shannon Kile, a Senior Researcher with SIPRI, said the US is the only beneficiary of an arms race in the region.
Many Asian nations believed that China and the US might become competitors in the future, even opponents fighting a war, Kile said, adding that standing with the US means turning into China's enemy and therefore it'd be natural for these Asian countries to take immediate action to arm themselves.