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Old 05-23-2016, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Now with the rise of neo-nationalism and populism, national borders seem to be more evident and physical despite Schengen in Europe. But most countries have some kind of BFF with whom they might rely on whether in good or bad. How is it across the globe?

Sweden-Finland, UK-Ireland, Argentina-Uruguay and Poland-Hungary are classical examples of a BFF relationship, Russia-Belarus is not, as it's merely a political 'forced marriage'.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:15 AM
 
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Argentina-Uruguay relation, despite being cordial, has its ups and downs. I would not put it as an example of BFF's relationship.

During the 2000's was quite controversial, with Uruguayan President saying that all Argentines were a bunch of thieves, Argentines occupying Uruguayan consulates or ambassadors threatening to break diplomatic relations. Even the Uruguayan President went to the United States to ask Bush Jr. support in case of Argentina military aggression.
But relations have greatly improved since 2010 with Mujica's government.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:16 AM
 
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The ancient China was a hermit kingdom. Sometimes, the foreign peoples came visiting. So I had no ideas where to put them. Some would wish becomming associated states with China. The most visible example was Korea. There were some hundred years relationship. The army had been sent in for the critical times. But the Koreans had to decide their own futures. China was a rich kingdom. It had no needs in spending for conquests.

Another example was a Malay state pleading for the weapon transfers to them. However, the ruler would not. Maybe it counted as letting a friend down. There was an issued letter to another Malay state to help the enquring tribe though; and this occoured at ?the end of the Ming Dynasty Treasure Fleet era.

I don't know what the modern Chinese are heading todays. They probably get some.

Personally, friends is a new concept to me.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Argentina-Uruguay relation, despite being cordial, has its ups and downs. I would not put it as an example of BFF's relationship.

During the 2000's was quite controversial, with Uruguayan President saying that all Argentines were a bunch of thieves, Argentines occupying Uruguayan consulates or ambassadors threatening to break diplomatic relations. Even the Uruguayan President went to the United States to ask Bush Jr. support in case of Argentina military aggression.
But relations have greatly improved since 2010 with Mujica's government.
Ok, thanks for correcting me. My knowledge of South American politics is quite lacking, I thought the relations were always much better.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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The Anglosphere in terms of the UK, although we still have close ties to India.

Anglosphere -Wiki

In terms of Europe, it's always been a love/hate relationship with the French, however we do have a good relationship with the Dutch and Scandinavian Countries, who have also been very cautious with regards to the EU.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:29 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Chile, Japan, France, Angola and Germany are our best friends. Brazil historically had excellent relations with these countries (except with Germany during WW2). Portugal is a specific case because they colonised us, though since the independence both countries have good relations (and portugueses receive some rights in Brazil not granted to other foreigners).

Argentina is not our friend, it's our brother.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:52 AM
 
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USA here. I don't think anyone really likes us.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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Italy already fails at being friend with itself, let alone with foreign countries.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:57 AM
 
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Italy already fails at being friend with itself, let alone with foreign countries.
Don't feel too bad about Italy. It's the same way in the US with the different regions and will only get worse. We have a north/south divide, but we have an east/west divide too.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Canada, USA, Belgium, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand
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