Four of the five ASIAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) neighbours of Thailand currently are increasing their forces.
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MUNCKTON: "Since the Communist victories in Indo-China in 1975, ASIAN leaders have toyed with a military pact but never formalised it. Instead, they've been aiming at standardising some of their military hardware and weapons systems. The versatile F-five-E interceptor is perhaps the best example. It's now in use, or coming into use, in every one of the five ASIAN countries. This trend to interchangeability in weapons systems is also reflected in ASIAN choices of assault rifles, artillery, armoured vehicles and other military equipment.
"Vietnamese attacks across the Thai border have also speeded-up plans by Malaysia and Indonesia to increase the size of their armies.
"Malaysia, with a common border with thailand, will undergo the biggest military expansion. Its forces manpower will be doubled. There'll be eighty new aircraft. New armoured and tank regiments will be raised and the navy will get new ships and bases.
"Exercises and military displays, such as this one in Singapore are also designed to remind the people that there is a threat, and that they should be mentally prepared to face it. It may be some time before ASIAN feels the need to formalise a defence pact but it intends to considerably step up present military co-operation and bilateral exercises.
"ASIAN governments are resigned to the fact that more of each budget is going to go into defence spending, and more and more men into their armies."
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Background: Four of the five ASIAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) neighbours of Thailand currently are increasing their forces. According to the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Peter Munckton, who's been in the region, there's also more talks of ASIAN moving closer to a formal military alliance.