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China warns of escalating arms race in Asia

• Daily Telegraph

Japan said last week that it planned to purchase Patriot PAC3 interceptors, which are meant to shoot down incoming short and medium-range ballistic missiles, and to step up work on Aegis – a US-led sea-based system to protect ships and troops from ballistic missile attack.

Beijing fears that these acquisitions, though targeted at North Korea's rogue nuclear programme, will threaten the balance of power. 

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