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Shangri-La Asia Security Dialogue

Asia ramps up military spending as old order shakes

Growing shopping lists of regional countries range from conventional weaponry to cyberspace tools

HAMISH McDONALD, Contributing Writer | China

SYDNEY -- Amid a sense that the post-1945 world strategic order is being shaken, governments across the Asia-Pacific region are building up defense forces and industrial back-up for possible future conflict, while struggling to cope with asymmetric challenges that are happening already -- through "hybrid" military-civilian activity and cyberattack.

Thailand, the U.S., and five other main participants, topped the list of 28 nations involved in Cobra Gold. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

New threat perceptions as well as forms of weaponry are among the issues being discussed by defense planners and analysts from key countries who have gathered in Singapore for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue. The international security forum organized by the U.K.-based think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies runs through Saturday.

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