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.
Taiwan is due to get millions worth of spare parts for its fighter jets from the US. With the Trump administration and Beijing already locking horns over a trade war, the military sale is likely to exacerbate tensions.
The UK will continue to have a military presence in Germany beyond 2020, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. "We are increasing our British points of presence across the world," he said.
A Russian military jet carrying 15 servicemen went down during a suspected Israeli attack on the Syrian city of Latakia, Moscow has said.
With the second-largest defense spending in the world, measuring over $150 billion in 2017, China is rapidly modernizing the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and could soon pose serious challenges to US military dominance.
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