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Established world order under threat as authoritarianism creeps in

Japan must help protect shared democratic values in face of China forming alliances

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China's President Xi Jinping reportedly positioned himself as a champion of the current world order at the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Human relationships tend to be either friendships bound by a common values, or calculated and driven by practical benefits. One might be stronger than the other, but both are necessary. The same goes for country-to-country relations.

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