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1. The practice of engaging in three-party relations, agreements, or negotiations.
2. The political and economic policy of encouraging friendly relations among three nations or regions, especially the United States, Western Europe, and Japan, or North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.

tri·lat′er·al·ist n.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the practice of engaging in three-party relations or governance
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(40) Wolfgang Kleinwachter once analyzed the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers as a critical actor for "new trilateralism" where the business sector and "users" can discuss horizontally with governments sitting on the "sideline with reduced role as an 'advisor.'" See Kleinwachter 2001.
But India is opposed to trilateralism. Nepal's export import ratio with China stands at an alarming 1.5 per cent, far worse than that of India, which stands at 7 per cent.
3 (2014): 437-442; Chris Alden and Marco Antonio Vieira, "The New Diplomacy of the South: South Africa, Brazil, India and Trilateralism," Third World Quarterly 26, no.
This trilateralism, in turn, could form the basis for five-party talks including China and Russia, and eventually lead to the resumption of negotiations with Pyongyang as well.
(39.) Tom Farer, "The United States and the Third World: A Basis for Accommodation," Foreign Affairs, (October 1975); Holly Sklar, (ed.), Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management, (Boston: South End Press, 1980).
Belanger, Louis, "Canada, Mexico and the future of trilateralism in North America" en North American dialogue series, num.
In the immediate term, enhanced trilateralism (most likely between the United States, Australia and Japan) is likely to win out, with the relatively recent but deepening Japan-India relationship complementing that trilateral grouping and the other bilateral strategic relationships of like-minded countries throughout the Indo-Pacific.
Deftly organized and presented in six chapters (The Japan-South Korean Divide; Japan's Identity Crisis; South Korea's Growing Confidence; Convergence and Alienation in Japan-South Korea Relations; Implications for Alliance Management; Reinvigorating Trilateralism), "The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash" is enhanced with the inclusion of twenty-two pages of Notes and a fourteen page Index.
For Nepal, trilateralism promises new trade routes and markets, greater investment in hydropower, and a boom in tourism from the development of Lumbini and other pilgrimage sites.
Gill, Bates; Small, Andrew, <<Untapped Trilateralism: Common Economic and Security Interests of the European Union, the United States and China>>, ECRAN Europe China Research and Advice Network, London 2012, en: assets/media/docs/publications/1211_gill_ecran.pdf.