1. Nothing is fundamentally new about Abe's signature initiative so long as the structural legacies of the U.S.-Japan alliance from the Cold War days continue to impede its implementation.
2. Japan's limited influence in Eurasian geopolitics diminishes its potential as the leading champion of the beleaguered liberal international order.
3. Tokyo's potential geoeconomic presence would be a significant counterweight against Beijing's regional ambitions while checking the growing Russia-China strategic partnership that increasingly looks to deepen their military cooperation.
4. A historic rapprochement with Russia would provide Japan with enhanced access to the burgeoning Eurasian market, particularly Central Asia.
5. Putin's peace proposal was a well-crafted Russian riddle that questioned the Cold War alliance's raison d'être in today's new world disorder
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