As the world slowly begins to reopen after COVID-19 related lockdowns, the Asia-Pacific region is witnessing an intensifying arms race.
One of Asia’s biggest markets for arms dealers and their clients, the militaries shopping for the latest technology and weapons, kicks off this week in South Korea.
At the Seoul ADEX trade show, leaders in defence ministries and officials from 28 countries will look to strike deals as the world starts to move on after the pandemic.
This rising interest in weaponry comes at a crucial time for the Asia Pacific region. North Korea just last week put on a show of its latest weapons systems – pledging to build what it called an “invincible” military.
Neighbour and ADEX host South Korea is to focus on new technology to counter its rival to the north, and its continuing development of nuclear weapons.