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China and India battle for leadership of Global South

Less conflict with West means New Delhi likely to triumph over Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders are vying for leadership of the Global South. (Source photos by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- Countries of the Global South are in the spotlight amid deepening political confrontation between the West and the China-Russia camp.

In many cases, these countries -- both emerging and developing -- side with neither and have chosen a different path, significantly affecting global power dynamics.

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