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Western Countries Spend Less on Defense While Asian Nations Splurge

Japan is one of several Asian countries ramping up its defense budgets because of territorial disputes
Japan is one of several Asian countries ramping up its defense budgets because of territorial disputes Issei Kato—Reuters

Asia's territorial disputes are the main reason for the increased military expenditure

While the military budgets of many Western countries continued to decline in 2013, a number of Asian states have increased theirs.

A new report published by IHS Jane’s shows that the countries of the Asia-Pacific now account for 24% of global defense expenditure — a number that is likely to rise to 28% by the end of the decade.

According to the report, territorial disputes in the region are the main motivation for the increase.

The report also predicts that 2014 will be the first year since 2009 to see an overall rise in global defense spending, which will grow from $1.538 to $1.547 trillion.

The United Sates is still by far the biggest global defense spender. Its military expenditure of $582.4 billion in 2013 is more than four times the amount spent by China, number two on the list. China, Japan, India and South Korea all rank among the ten biggest global spenders.

[Wall Street Journal]

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