The size and dynamism of Asia makes its development a determining factor in protecting and promoting American interests and values. With over half of the global population, the fastest growing economies in the world, freedom and tyranny living side by side, and five treaty alliances of the United States, American leadership in Asia is vital for a free and prosperous region.
America’s network of alliances is critical to maintaining our role as the Asia–Pacific’s indispensable, predominant power.
The size and dynamism of Asia makes its development a determining factor in protecting and promoting American interests and values.
Testimony before Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Foreign Affairs Committee United States House of Representatives
My name is Bruce Klingner. I am the Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage…
Testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review
My name is Walter Lohman. I am Director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation.
Now and for many decades to come, peace and prosperity in the Western…
Bangladesh has experienced significant political tumult in the past year and there is concern that as the parliamentary election (scheduled for January 5, 2014) approaches, street violence will escalate, jeopardizing the country’s nascent democratic system. While the threat from terrorism had diminished to some extent under the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,…
The United States has long urged its allies to assume more responsibility for their defense and for common security threats. Specifically, Washington has asked its allies, in Europe and Asia alike, to increase their defense expenditures, accept new missions, and develop new military capabilities. While some allies have tried to meet Washington’s challenge, Japan’s ability…
Over the past year, the Chinese have been steadily improving their strategic military capabilities. It is becoming clearer that China is developing and building capabilities to have an impact beyond Asia; indeed, recent developments indicate that China is preparing a force meant to challenge and deter the United States.
China’s Nuclear Policy: Official and…
America’s Economic Commitment to Asia in Perspective
Testimony before the
Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate
December 18, 2013
Director, Asian Studies Center
The Heritage Foundation
My name is Walter Lohman. I am director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. The views I…
The Asian Studies Center
Introduction: A New View of America's "Near West"
At The Heritage Foundation’s annual B. C. Lee Lecture this year, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs summed up perfectly America’s destiny as regards Asia: It is America’s “Near…
The U.S.–Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC)—consisting of the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense and Japanese Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense—agreed on several initiatives to upgrade the bilateral alliance. However, much work needs to be done on both sides of the Pacific in order for the agreement to reach fruition.
Defense Cuts Undermine Deal
China is far more economically open today than the Soviet Union was when its collapse surprised the U.S. policy community in 1991. Still, the Chinese Communist Party controls and manipulates the information it releases. The prevailing American view of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a rising economic superpower, even if struggling a bit, is based on this poor…
It’s a delight to be here. I enjoy coming by and seeing friends, making new friends, and sharing ideas and insight. I have a terrific job—not just the job itself, which is interesting, but the fact that it’s a China-oriented job, and that it allows me, every time I visit China, to learn and to see and to chat with people. It was certainly interesting to do that in a…
One of Senator Hillary
Clinton's Asia policy advisers quit her presidential campaign
several days ago, complaining that the candidate was engaging in
"gratuitous China bashing." And, in fact, the Senator has of late been
engaged in a jeremiad on China.
To be sure, a good portion
of the sourness nurtured in the Democratic Party's base against
IntroductionIn real terms, there is no denying the extraordinary progress in the engagement between India and the United States over the past two decades. Throughout, and even after, the Cold War, the world's two largest democracies remained estranged. In the first decade after the end of the Cold War, the two countries quarreled over nuclear nonproliferation; the U.S.…
The foreign policies of India and Pakistan are driven increasingly by energy security. To sustain their booming economies and growing populations amid tight oil and gas markets, Indian and Pakistani policymakers are turning to energy deals with unsavory regimes, such as Iran's. At the same time, energy-producing states including Iran and Russia are attempting to tap new…
To assess the Japanese experience, The Heritage Foundation reassembled a team of experts to evaluate Japan’s long-term efforts to recover from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and to prepare for future catastrophes. Based on extensive literature and interviews with Japanese officials and experts, the team identified four critical areas that affect…
On November 9, China launched a widely anticipated stimulus
program consisting of no less than 16 percent of China's annual
GDP, or $586 billion.This percentage is an eye-popping figure,
which is exactly the intended effect. In substance, the program is
largely a repackaging of previous measures designed to immediately
bolster domestic confidence and spin Chinese…
The Internet once
promised to be a conduit for uncensored information from beyond
China's borders, and for a brief, shining instant in modern
Chinese history, it was a potential catalyst for political and
human rights reform in China. However, for China's 79 million Web
surfers-the most educated and prosperous segment of the country's
population-the Internet is…
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THE HONG KONG REFUGEE CRISIS: SUGGESTIONS FOR U.S. POLICY MAKERS
by Donald H. Larsen I am here to speak on the topic of Indochinese
refugees in Hong Kong because of interest and concern, both
personal and professional. I am the executive director of the L
utheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), an agency…
It has been increasingly forgotten over the past 20 years that Japan has a great deal to offer the United States and the world. In security affairs, a vibrant Japan and healthy Japan–U.S. alliance will help stabilize an otherwise volatile East Asia for another generation. In economics, post war Japan was a major force for greater global competition and the increasing…
In response to poor labor conditions in Bangladesh, the Obama Administration has moved to unilaterally impose trade sanctions by removing the country’s privileges under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). These actions follow two prominent workplace tragedies that have killed over 1,200 Bangladeshi workers in the past year.
While these tragedies are horrific, the…
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s current visit to India will set the tone for cooperation between the two countries over the next few years, especially in key areas of shared interest, such as managing the security risks associated with China’s rise and the stabilization of Afghanistan.
Focusing on the long-term potential of a strong U.S. relationship with India,…
As President Obama travels to Asia, one item sure to be on his agenda is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade...…
Reassurance. Out of necessity, it’s become a prevalent theme of President Obama’s foreign policy, including his trip...…
Hun Sen, prime minister of Cambodia, and opposition leader Sam Rainsy met last week in an attempt to reconcile...…
As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returns from his visit to China, reporting on the visit has been mixed. Optimists...…
The U.S. Marine Corps is questioning whether it can implement the Obama Administration’s much-vaunted strategic shift to...…
Anson Chan, the final Chief Secretary of Hong Kong under British rule and the first after the turnover to the Chinese,...…
Four months after elections that saw the Maoist party removed from power and the resurgence of its rivals in the Nepali...…
Competing powers China and Japan are vying for prominence in the Asia–Pacific region as each country pursues development...…
President Obama’s impending trip to Asia in April is an opportunity for the U.S. to go beyond mere rhetorical commitment...…
The House Foreign Affairs Committee met this week to mark up H. Res. 494, “Affirming the Importance of the Taiwan...…
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center
Senior Research Fellow
Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow
Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia
Director, Asian Studies Center
Senior Visiting Fellow, Japan
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