The annual Military Balance report suggests Asian countries, led by China, are increasing defense spending in a region of competing territorial claims. But the US still spends most - more than 600 billion dollars.
China's defense budget is once again thrust into the spotlight as delegates to its largely rubber-stamp parliament gather for their annual meeting. There are signs that Beijing’s military spending will continue to rise.
China is strengthening its military might, while Russia is asserting its foreign policy influence. IISS expert Bastian Giegerich talks to DW about changing US global dominance and the threat of a "great-power war."
The defense budget includes purchases of US military equipment and missiles capable of striking North Korea. Japan's missile force had previously been limited to munitions with ranges of less than 300 kilometers.
The Trump team is prepared to sell weapons worth $47 million to Ukraine, which has been fighting Russia since 2014. While Ukraine has said the weapons would be used defensively, Moscow said they would encourage force.
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