The West is pointing to huge expenditure on studies into chemical and biological weaponry throughout Asia as cause for its own continuation of such research. But, writes Shyam Bhatia, there are many ethical concerns attached.
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The massive investment in chemical and biological weapons (CBW) research by some Asian governments has been cited by experts as the reason why Western governments, including the UK’s, refuse to abandon similar programmes in their own countries.
The experts, who do not wish to be named, say Syria currently heads the list of Asian governments with CBW programmes that are causes for concern. The potential unleashing of such weapons is described as ‘game changing’ when it comes to international politics.
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