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Modi's trade rethink shows that geopolitical friendship has benefits

National security concerns are driving new forms of Asian economic integration

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Narendra Modi, Joe Biden and Fumio Kishida attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework launch event in Tokyo on May 23: Modi's moves do signal a significant shift.   © Reuters

James Crabtree is executive director of IISS-Asia in Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

India's Narendra Modi seems to be coming round to the idea of free trade.

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