Arms transfers on the rise
New SIPRI data on international arms transfers reveals that transfers to South East Asia have increased dramatically between the periods 2000-2004 and 2005-2009. Indonesia has increased its arms imports by84%, Singapore by 146% and Malaysia by 722%. Meanwhile, transfers to South America were 150% higher during the last five years compared to the beginning of the millennium, following a significant upswing in both military spending and orders for arms in recent years. For more information, see here.