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Rivalry and illusion shape Asia's connectivity contest

In era of 'Belt and Road' initiative, India and Japan seek to blunt China's expansion

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at a press conference during Modi's visit to Tokyo in November 2016.   © Reuters

Asia is reintegrating after centuries of division caused by politics, Western intervention, shifting power dynamics and evolving technologies. With the U.S. distracted by domestic political squabbles, a key question is whether the forces of integration in Asia are greater than the forces of division, and what that means for the future of the world's most dynamic region.

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