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East Asia military balance at risk from new missiles and drones

US looks to space as conventional deterrence no longer works

A fleet of DJI's Phantom 3 drones shown at the Chinese company's flagship store in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. Hundreds of cheap drones with explosives would be a powerful threat that even a multimillion-dollar Patriot missile would not able to stop.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Was it a failure or a message?

When a North Korean ballistic missile promptly exploded about 71 km above the ground on April 29, 2017, many dismissed the test launch as a failure.

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