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.
In what is now something of an annual rite on the Korean Peninsula, 2015 dawned with perceived signals of North Korea’s supposed desire to resurrect diplomatic ties with the United States and South Korea. Although these signals were met with predictions of another inter-Korean summit, Pyongyang’s offer to refrain from nuclear tests in return for a freeze on allied…
Check this: In a brazen move, the People’s Republic of China is now building “islands” in the South China Sea to bolster...…
The interim Iranian nuclear framework is a vague accord with significant shortcomings. Moreover, the ink had barely...…
A U.S. president reaches a nuclear agreement with a rogue state. He steps before the microphones and declares, “This is...…
As the situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, consider this striking contrast between the People’s Republic of...…
Burma’s President Thein Sein has proposed four pieces of legislation that threaten the very fiber of Burma’s already halting democratic reform process. If passed, the Protection of Race and Religion bills would violate religious liberty and institute potentially severe population control measures. The U.S. should maintain its opposition to them.
Ministers from European Union countries decided last week to work strategically to counter Russian’s propaganda...…
Henry Kissinger is often quoted lamenting what a pity it was that Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore and...…
Of the nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, an estimated two-thirds are from Asia. Many factors...…
On March 17, Seoul accused Pyongyang of conducting a series of cyber attacks against South Korean nuclear facilities in December 2014. South Korean prosecutors assert that North Korean hackers were responsible for repeated disclosures of information, including blueprints of South Korean nuclear reactors gleaned from cyber attacks, as well as threats to extort money 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…
The Reagan Administration spent the first half of 1982 in
increasingly tough negotiations with the People's Republic of China
(PRC) over America's continuing arms sales to Taiwan following the
1979 shift of U.S. diplomatic relations to Beijing. The Carter
Administration had insisted that, given congressional opinion,
continuing limited arms sales to Taiwan was a…
It was a year of triumph and tragedy.
It was the year the Berlin Wall fell -- and joyful Berliners
drank champagne and danced on top of the Brandenburg Gate.
It was the year that Vaclav Havel was jailed in February for
participating in human rights protests and was elected president of
Czechoslovakia in December.
It was the year that the once-outlawed trade…
Abraham Lincoln possessed a great sense of humor. There is a
great story that was handed down to me. I have not yet been able to
find footnote verification that it was actually said by Abraham
Lincoln, but it's the kind of story that he should have said, in
case he didn't. It illustrates Lincoln's dislike for pomposity and
people who put on airs.
The story goes…
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…
Abstract: After the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in May 2011, Pakistani political leaders played up their country’s relations with China, touting Beijing as an alternative partner to Washington. But China’s concerns over Pakistan’s future stability will likely limit the extent to which it will help Pakistan out of its economic difficulties. While…
Prepared Statement by
John J. Tkacik, Jr.,
Research Fellow in China Policy
The Heritage Foundation
Subcommittee on East Asia and
Pacific Affairs of
The Senate Foreign Relations
Perspectives on Democracy in Hong
Thursday, March 4, 2004
419 Dirksen Senate Office
Chairman Brownback and Members of…
In 2001, President George W. Bush’s Administration agreed to a major arms sale to Taiwan. Approved for sale to Taipei were anti-submarine warfare aircraft, anti-ship missiles, self-propelled howitzers, minesweepers, and destroyers. The United States also agreed to help Taiwan obtain new diesel-electric submarines, to modernize the island’s underwater forces. At the time,…
During the Cold War, the military alliance between
the United States and the Philippines, embodied in the 1951 Mutual
Defense Treaty, was instrumental in deterring the spread of Soviet
communism in Asia. This once-strong relationship, however, has been
essentially moribund since U.S. air and naval forces departed their
bases in the Philippines in 1992. The lack of…
The February 25 inauguration of conservative Lee Myung-bak as
South Korea's president will do much to repair the damage wrought
by five years of the progressive Roh Moo-hyun administration.
Under Roh, Seoul's relations with the U.S. and Japan deteriorated,
its outreach to North Korea was counterproductive, and domestic and
foreign investors were driven overseas by…
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…
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…
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…
That both the world and mainland China benefit from an autonomous Hong Kong was on display once again Tuesday when...…
The issue of religious freedom has sparked heated debate in India in recent weeks, prompting the country’s prime...…
Face it. China is a problem. Nations across the Pacific and Asia are looking for constructive solutions. And that’s the...…
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
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