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Middle powers can sway great powers if united: South Korean scholar

Lee Shin-wha says U.S. and China both promote 'distorted' models of multilateralism

Professor Lee Shin-wha speaks with Nikkei Asia in Tokyo. (Photo by Jun Takai)

TOKYO -- U.S. foreign policy is shifting from multilateralism to minilateralism, as Washington teams up with a handful of like-minded countries to pursue common agendas in groupings such as the Quad, AUKUS, Five Eyes and the D-10 Strategy Forum.

China, meanwhile, is calling for more comprehensive multilateralism, using existing frameworks such as the United Nations and the Group of 20.

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