I think Europeans should improve their military capabilities and hope they learn that lesson from the rapid Russian seizure of Crimea.
But I wish Asian countries were not sliding into an "action-reaction" arms race, as the Financial Times reports today.The FT says:
"In 2012, for the first year in modern times, Asian states spent more
on defence than European ones. From India to South Korea and from
Vietnam to Malaysia, governments in the region are ramping up defence
spending. Even pacifist Japan, which for years has been cutting its
defence outlays, has recently started to reverse the trend as it
reorients its defence posture towards what it perceives as a growing
The article also notes that Chinese military spending has
grown eightfold in 20 years, is now second to the US, and more than
Russia and UK combined.