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China's recent assertiveness – including its unilateral declaration last November of a new air-defense identification zone, which overlaps about 3,000 square kilometers of South Korea's own ADIZ, in the Sea of Japan – has encouraged Park to shore up her country's security ties with India.When it comes to the regional balance of power, India's deepening ties with Japan are even more consequential.The imperial couple last visited India more than a half-century ago, as crown prince and princess, when India was part of the nonaligned movement and Japan was happy with a security guarantee from the U.S. But, with China's rise having shifted Asia's balance of power, Indian and Japanese leaders have been seeking new security assurances, and the visit by the emperor and empress was the clearest signal Japan could send concerning the value it places on this emerging alliance.Even with a significant deepening of ties, however, bilateral relationships alone will be inadequate to counterbalance China. Achieving an internal Asian balance of power will require India, Japan and South Korea to build a tripartite security arrangement, which can be achieved only if Japanese and South Korean leaders overcome their historical animosities.
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