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Kishida's trip to India heralds stronger ties with Global South

Japan should widen coalition of countries that oppose changing the status quo

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Buddha Jayanti Park in New Delhi on March 20.     © Kyodo

For Asia, engaging with the Global South is essential to upholding and developing the international order, which has been shaken by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's visit to India could serve as a steppingstone in this direction.

Located mainly in the Southern Hemisphere, the developing countries collectively known as the Global South are clearly a growing presence in the international community. Yet, most of these governments, including members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Latin American and African countries, have refused to be aligned with either camp in the Ukraine war -- choosing not to be lumped together with either the Western powers or Russia and China.

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