Asia: A tinderbox armed to the teeth


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A spectre in haunting Asia - of loaded guns and itching fingers, of armies brimming with weapons looking for a deliberate act of provocation, or just a little miscalculation to plunge into an all-out war. From Turkey in the far West, to the Arab countries in the middle to India and onto China, South Korea, Japan and a massively unpredictable North Korea, a high tensile curtain of weapons and sensors is going down as defence spending goes up to unheard of levels. Advertisement The Asian arms race is driven by a complex interplay of factors, including regional power dynamics with...