The crisis in Crimea and Ukraine is one of a series of setbacks to the emerging accord between Japan, Russia and India. Tokyo has developed an ‘axis of democracy’ with India, but is in dispute with Moscow over the Kuril islands, annexed by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1945. A unifying factor for the three countries is the uncertainty caused by China’s growing economic and strategic role in the region.

JAPAN’S Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won approval on the international stage for his economic and financial programme, but has fared less well in matters of foreign and defence policy.

His perform...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Beijing has taken a neutral position in the Crimean crisis and seized the opportunity offered by the disappearance of Flight MH370 to get involved in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean
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