Southeast Asian countries have defensive loopholes due to the worries of Japanese media about reducing military expenditure due to the epidemic

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 Southeast Asian countries have defensive loopholes due to the worries of Japanese media about reducing military expenditure due to the epidemic


Reported that in the field of security, cooperation between Southeast Asian countries and the United States has been affected, and new defense loopholes are likely to emerge in the region.

According to Japanese media, Indonesia, which accounts for 40% of the total population of ASEAN, originally set a defense fund of idr131 trillion (about US $9.3 billion) in 2020. Now the government has decided to cut it by 7% for epidemic prevention and control.

At the same time, Philippine defense minister Lorenzana also said he would consider agreeing to devote part of the defense funds in 2020 to the prevention and control of the new crown epidemic.

Malaysia has been rebuilding its finances and cutting defense spending in recent years. According to the analysis, Malaysias fiscal deterioration caused by the new crown epidemic prevention and control and the fall of crude oil price will further aggravate the above trend.

In May, Thailands cabinet meeting decided to cut 8% of the 233 billion baht (about $7.5 billion) allocated to the Ministry of defense in the 2020 budget (October 2019 September 2020).

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, ASEAN countries defense spending in 2019 totaled US $40.5 billion, an increase of about 40% compared with 2010.

However, most Southeast Asian countries give priority to economic recovery from the new outbreak. If it is difficult to see the effect of investment in a short period of time, defense funds are easy to be cut.

According to the report, under the circumstances that the United States tends to implement its own priority unilateralism, the ASEAN countries reduction of defense funds may affect the future cooperation with the United States.

It was reported that general Hadi, commander of the Indonesian national army, and Davidson, commander of the U.S. Indian Pacific Command, made a phone call Monday. The immediate purpose of the move is to confirm the postponement of the joint military exercise, which was scheduled to take place within the year.

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