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Asia’s arms race
China’s rapid military growth is fuelling a spending spree among neighbours anxious to keep pace with the regional superpower
SOUTH KOREA 60 6 150 6 JAPAN 50 70 40 2 6

RECENT ORDERS
CHINA J-20/J-11B DF-21D 1 22 15

SINGAPORE 24 6 2 12 20
Bay of Bengal South China Sea

East China Sea

KEY
Fighter aircraft

TAIWAN 66 300 PAC-3 INDONESIA 180 4 2
China Pacific Ocean

90 12

INDIA 376 350 1 33 12
Indian Ocean

China’s first stealth fighter – the J-20 – was unveiled in January, years ahead of Western predictions

Light attack aircraft / trainer Maritime patrol / ASW aircraft Long-range UAV Helicopter Aircraft carrier / amphibious ship Major ship Submarine Ballistic missile / missile defence

Travelling at roughly ten times the speed of sound, China’s DF-21D missile can reach its target in under ten minutes. Combined with kinetic energy, it has a big enough warhead to disable or or completely destroy a supercarrier.

$78B $32B $26.5B $5.3B $9.3B $11.5B $21.3B

AUSTRALIA 100 8 7 77 2 11 12
Taiwan 290,000 926 509 26 4

India S. Korea Indonesia Taiwan Japan Singapore

2010 defence budget
$57B

CURRENT STRENGTH

China

Total personnel Main battle tanks Combat aircraft Major surface ships Submarines

2,285,000 6,550 1,907 80 65

India 1,325,000 4,047 655 45 16

S. Korea 687,000 2,810 498 47 13

Indonesia 302,000 0 96 30 2

Japan 230,300 880 340 52 16

Singapore 72,500 196 104 12 4

© GRAPHIC NEWS

Australia 54,747 149 109 12 6

Sources: Graphic News; International Institute for Strategic Studies; Jane’s Information Group; GlobalSecurity .org; wire agencies
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