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Fairness, not just democracy, to be key for sailing divided world

Nikkei Fairness Index screens nations as trustworthy or risky as trade partners

The United Nations offices in Geneva. Conflicts such as U.S.-China rivalry and Russia's invasion of Ukraine increasingly divide the world and slow globalization.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Globalization is at a standstill as conflicts, including U.S.-China rivalry and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, increasingly divide the world. Still, businesses and people sometimes repair such divisions as they seek avenues for growth abroad. To sail this divided world, "fairness" will be the key compass for all.

At the U.S.-Mexico border, alongside lanes for "Empty Trucks" and "Cold Perishables," is a sign reading "Tesla."

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