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Asia's military expenditure has surged more than 50% in the last decade, with China leading the pack. But will that spending result in actual conflict?    © Illustration by Daniel Garcia
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Asia's arms race: China spurs military spending spree

The region's biggest players are shelling out on defense at an alarming rate. Is war on the horizon?

ANDREW SHARP, Nikkei Asia deputy politics and economics editor | East Asia

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gingerly climbed atop a Type 10 battle tank, paused to catch his breath, and haltingly eased himself into his seat.

Japan's commander in chief was taken on some sharp turns at speed across a muddy field at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Camp Asaka, on the northwestern edge of Tokyo. While Kishida may have looked uncomfortable on his brief spin in November, the fast-changing regional security landscape may be even more daunting for him and other policymakers in the country.

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