Militarised sexualities in East Asia
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East Asia is now one of the most militarised regions of the planet, hosting the huge standing armies of the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and the Democatic People's Republic of Korea, and the smaller armies of Taiwan, Vietnam and Mongolia. There are .also US troops stationed in Japan and South Korea. China is second in the world in military expenditure, while Japan's Self-Defence Force is in the top eight. The so-called demilitarised zone between North and South Korea is the focus of constant tension. Several counries in the regime require a period of military service of their young men (Vietnam, Taiwan, Mongolia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea). When societies are pre-occupied with military matters, this impinges on every aspect of government policy, civil society, and interpersonal relations - including sexuality. As we shall see, sexualities can also be implicated in international relations.