Pakistan on Thrusday said it was against arms race in South Asia and hoped that the international community would not contribute to creating further asymmetry in conventional weapon in the region.
Vietnam has nearly doubled its military spending, Japan is requesting its biggest-ever defense budget and the Philippines is rushing to piece together a viable navy.
China on Thursday slammed as "groundless" local media commentaries that claimed India`s first indigenous aircraft carrier has sparked a regional arms race, saying they were aimed at "driving a wedge" between the two neighbours.
Nuclear tests by North Korea should not be used to justify a new round of arms race, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
The United States is not inclined to enter into an arms race with China, a top Pentagon official has said.
Pakistan said that all
countries in the region should make "conscious efforts" to
avoid an arms race.
President Dmitry Medvedev warned on Tuesday that a new arms race would erupt within the next decade unless Russia and the West forged an agreement to cooperate on building a missile defense system.
US` announcement to set up Cyber Command, which is aimed at gaining military supremacy in cyber space, may trigger new arms race, strategic analysts have warned.
The Russian delegation to the UN has submitted two draft resolutions on confidence-building measures and on the prevention of arms race in space.
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