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.
Historically, economics has often driven the narrative surrounding presidential visits to Asia. Consider President Obama’s 2009 trip to China in the midst of the global financial crisis. It gave wings to a narrative about China’s rise and American decline.
The economic environment may be changing again. Only this time, the change is less dramatic and occurring largely…
Often overlooked in the tumult of Washington’s foreign policy debates is the remarkable consistency of U.S. foreign and trade policies over time. This is due to one immutable factor: American national interests. When U.S. policy moves away from our national interest, not only does it cease to…
This week President Barack Obama will welcome new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington for their first bilateral summit. In Geneva, the Trade Facilitation Preparatory Committee of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will also be meeting. The timing of these two events provides an opportunity to measure India’s commitment to trade freedom and to push Modi to…
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States next week provides an opportunity to strengthen U.S.–India ties, which stagnated during the second term of Modi’s predecessor, Manmohan Singh. During the visit, President Barack Obama should demonstrate the importance the U.S. attaches to the bilateral relationship and offer cooperation on economic, defense,…
North Korea has sentenced Matthew Miller, a 20-year-old American tourist, to six years of hard labor for attempted espionage. Miller reportedly ripped up his tourist visa and declared he wanted asylum but Pyongyang accused him of intending to “experience prison life so that he could investigate the human rights situation” in North Korea. The regime is also holding Jeffrey…
If ever there were a time to expect U.S.–India relations to improve, many would say it is now. The new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has promised to open the economy to more private investment, improve the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate, create jobs for the rapidly growing youth population, and quicken…
The leaders of the Chinese Communist party (CCP) want China to achieve hegemonic control over East Asia extending at least throughout the East and South China Seas. They have claimed sovereignty over those waters and the islands they contain, and they are developing the means to enforce their claims by a massive military buildup that is shifting the balance of hard power…
China recently conducted its third land-based missile-intercept test. These tests, most likely designed to facilitate “hit to kill” technologies critical for China’s missile defense and anti-satellite programs, are part of a well-planned, enormous military buildup in which the Chinese have been engaged for nearly 20 years.
Here are some features of that effort:
Editor’s Note: This news article was originally published in South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo Newspaper. The interview was conducted by JoongAng Ilbo Reporter, Jin Park. Boegum Choi, Asan Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, provided the summarized translation. The original article can be accessed here.
"We hope for a positive China-Korea relationship as the result of Korean…
About the Author
William T. Wilson, PhD, is a senior research fellow in the Asian Studies Center, of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, at The Heritage Foundation.
In the 14 years of the new millennium, Southeast Asia has had some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Indonesia’s economy has been cruising at…
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…
Delivered on February 13, 2007
With the Six-Party Talks just concluding in Beijing, it
certainly is a good time to discuss North Korea. We are fortunate
indeed that, as always, the Institute for Corean-American Studies
is focusing Washington's attention on a grave matter that concerns
both Americans and America's friends in South Korea and
Amid growing concerns
about the People's Republic of China's burgeoning influence
around the globe, Beijing has now set its sights on Africa. China's
interest in Africa is not new. In the 1960s and 1970s,
Beijing's interest centered on building ideological solidarity
with other underdeveloped nations to advance Chinese-style
communism and on repelling Western…
On the eve of the annual Association of South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN) summit this week, an old issue has resurfaced: conflicting
claims over the Spratly Islands. The issue is back in the news for
good reason; it never really went away.
According to press reports, last week the Chinese vice foreign
minister summoned the charge d' affaires from the…
Delivered June 27, 2007
The potential for the intersection of terrorism and nuclear
weapons is arguably the greatest threat to American national, even
global, security. As the U.S. seeks to deter the possibility of
terrorists gaining access to nuclear weapons, it must consider
carefully its policies toward Pakistan. The results of
the People's Republic of China unleashed its unprecedented economic
reforms almost 20 years ago, no one could have imagined the effect
it would have on China--or the world. Finally freed from the
shackles of an inefficient Soviet-style command economy, China
would experience a remarkable expansion in economic growth,
including near double-digit growth for the…
As the United States and India seek to build a stronger
partnership and take full advantage of the diplomatic opening
created by the U.S.-India civil nuclear deal, one of the areas with
the greatest potential benefit to both sides is
counterterrorism cooperation. The multiple terrorist attacks
in Mumbai between November 26 and November 29, 2008, that killed
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…
"To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill."
--Sun Tzu, Chinese Military Strategist,
The Art of War
risk of an accidental or deliberate military clash between the
People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan is
higher than at any time since March 1996, when China attempted to
intimidate Taiwan with ballistic missile…
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…
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…
Historically, economics has often driven the narrative surrounding presidential visits to Asia. Consider President...…
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While the Obama administration...…
Eleven women have died after undergoing laparoscopic tubectomies as part of a mass sterilization campaign in...…
North Korea unexpectedly released the final two American citizens it had been holding on trumped-up charges of...…
In the largest terrorist attack in Pakistan in more than a year, a suicide bomber on Sunday detonated his explosives...…
In mid-October, during the peak of the democracy protests in Hong Kong, decidedly different demonstrators congregated...…
North Korea now has the ability to produce a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be mounted atop a ballistic...…
Russian military incursions into the airspace of NATO countries and submarine expeditions into Swedish territorial...…
Until he was the target of tear gas recently during protests, Martin Lee, founding chairman of the Democratic Party of...…
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Senior Research Fellow
Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow
Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia
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