Whenever I think of a neutral country, countries that come to mind are, say, Switzerland, Austria or Sweden.
However, no great power comes to mind in this context. In fact, they are mostly on the opposite sides as seen during the cold war.
Can great powers remain neutral, or will they always have to have their own blocs (by very definition of being great power)?
Great Power: A great power is an entity (a country or something like the EU) that is recognized widely as having the ability and expertise to exert its influence on a global scale.
Neutrality: The state of not supporting or helping either side in a conflict, disagreement, etc.; impartiality.
Large Conflict: A conflict that affects large amounts or area or population as deemed by the world, and has been going on for quite a long time (say, a year); and affects the world adversely as long as it continues.
Answers can discuss varying definitions - but primarily, I'm interested in if being a great power burdens them into taking sides always (or they'll lose that status)?
While the example given in the current answer is fine, I was looking for a more theoretical answer (i.e abstracted from examples, talking about the concepts of "great power", "neutrality", "conflict" and international relations and bloc politics).