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Can U.S. allies in Europe, Asia avert infighting in two-front war?

Peacetime partners could turn wartime rivals in seeking American military aid

U.S. military personnel board a transport plane for deployment to Eastern Europe amid escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia on Feb. 3.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. security allies in Asia and Europe are now closer to each other than ever, as seen in the first participation of Japan, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand in a NATO summit late last month.

At the June 29 meeting in Madrid, NATO adopted a new mission statement known as Strategic Concept for the coming 10 years, positioning China as a major threat to the global order. The military alliance vowed to counter Beijing's growing influence through close cooperation with the U.S. and its allies in Asia.

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