SINGAPORE — The Asia Pacific Security Conference debated a wide range of policy and modernization issues that are causing consternation and confusion in the region.
The conference, held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow, looked at the dynamics and role that air power plays in Asian security.
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea have resurrected recently with a vengeance, said Barry Desker, dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, here. China’s rising military is a force to be “reckoned with,” he said.
A mix of complex factors that include the US Air Sea Battle concept and Asia strategic rebalance, together with China’s anti-access/area-denial strategy, further complicates this.