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Japan and Germany must unite to protect the Western order

As the US retreats from the international stage, others must take the lead

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Much will rest on the shoulders of Abe and Merkel if the liberal international order is to survive.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The world is no longer surprised when U.S. President Donald Trump issues flurries of self-righteous tweets. Trump's particular kind of bombast may work well when preaching to his base, but the rest of the world is increasingly averting its gaze from such a simple-minded man, and indeed, emerging trends indicate that we are now witnessing a shift away from an American-led order. 

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