The balance of global military spending is shifting east. North Korea's missile tests and the South China Sea dispute are two reasons why.

Asia's defence budgets are growing. In a difficult environment the potential for friction is increasing, IISS Director-General and Chief Executive John Chipman told experts at the Munich Security Conference. Watch his address and see how:

  • tensions are raised by North Korean missile tests and confrontation in the South China Sea
  • militaries have invested in cutting-edge aircraft and more submarines
  • some of the region's weapons are challenging Western technological superiority.

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