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New cold wars emanating from Russia, China put Asia on edge

Moscow's invasion of Ukraine upends region's security landscape

U.S. President Joe Biden, second from left, speaks with, left to right, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Brussels on March 24.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Just a little over a month since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, the world is facing two wars. One is Russia's cruel aggression against its western neighbor; the other is the outbreak of a new cold war between Russia and the West.

The world is grappling with the most dangerous security crisis since the end of World War II. In Eastern Europe, where NATO is in a fraught confrontation with Russia, a shooting war could erupt at any time.

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