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East Asia could re-emerge as potential flashpoint amid Ukraine war

Beijing's economic and military muscles could be leverage for China to keep Seoul and Tokyo in check. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - China is grappling with a recent spike in Covid-19 cases, a slowing domestic economy, and diplomatic repercussions from its reluctance to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

As if these problems were not enough, another crisis looms large in the minds of many international relations experts: The war in Ukraine has fraught implications for East Asia, which could re-emerge as a potential flashpoint.

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