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Tripolar world ushered in by the rise of 'neutral' powers

India, Turkey, others aim to expand influence through delicate balancing act

The world is split into three major political blocs, with "neutral" powers like India and Turkey gaining influence by playing the two old camps, Western and Russia-China, off against each other.

TOKYO -- Japan is one of the major powers that is least sensitive to changes in the world order, thanks to its "privileged" U.S. protection from foreign aggression, and it continues to develop its security policy on the assumption that the U.S.-led global order will continue.

This is by no means misguided, but recent geopolitical developments have made a coolheaded reassessment of the long-term viability of the U.S.-centric order more urgent than ever.

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