Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holds an AK-47 assault rifle on board the Russian destroyer Admiral Panteleyev in 2017. Photo: Reuters

From Russia with guns: why is Southeast Asia buying arms from Moscow, not Washington?

  • Though it lags only the US in global arms sales, Russia is the top supplier to Southeast Asia, with US$6.6 billion sold between 2010 and 2017
  • Nations in the region are spending more on defence as a hedge against China’s rise, particularly those involved in disputes in the South China Sea
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holds an AK-47 assault rifle on board the Russian destroyer Admiral Panteleyev in 2017. Photo: Reuters
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Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin has nearly a decade of experience spanning journalism and public policy in Washington, Taipei and Beijing. For the Post, she covers geopolitics, diplomacy and policy trends in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.