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.
For roughly three decades, the Chinese economy registered a staggering annual growth rate in the vicinity of 10 percent....…
From 1981 to 2015, Hong Kong sustained an annual growth rate of almost 5 percent, despite numerous global recessions. It was a testament to the power of economic freedom.
For twenty-one consecutive years, The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom has ranked Hong Kong’s economy as the freest in the world—and for good reason. The overall tax burden is only 15.7…
Trying to predict the incoming Trump Administration’s policy toward Asia is difficult if not impossible at this point. We are in uncharted territory since Trump made a number of campaign statements that ran counter to the bipartisan post-World War II framework of U.S. foreign policy of internationalism, American commitment to its allies, and free trade agreements. His…
A recent report from The Washington Post detailed some of the grimmest experiences faced by escaped North Korean...…
South Korea recently announced it would restart negotiations with Japan for a military and intelligence sharing...…
As China’s economy has grown and China has assumed the role of foremost global trading power, Beijing has extended its influence to the South Pacific. The latest development has been reports of a new mega-resort on the island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The United States, which has generally played the dominant role in this area that straddles…
During Wednesday's bilateral ministerial meeting, Secretary of State John Kerry underscored Washington's resolve to...…
Speculation about Russian interference in the upcoming U.S. presidential election is flowing fast in the U.S....…
Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea have left many wondering: Where next for Moscow?
The world’s second-largest economy is going to make a hard landing one day, China watchers have speculated for several...…
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…
In August 2001 the United States Navy held a
two-carrier passing exercise in the South China Sea. Navy spokesmen
denied that the exercise was intended to send a message to China,
but it was in the right location to do just that. In fact,
Washington needs to do a lot more of the same as a first step
toward protecting American interests in the South China…
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,…
Having completed the initial wave of air
strikes on Afghanistan, the United States has deployed Special
Forces troops to Central Asia, the front line in America's war on
terrorism. The task is clear: to hunt down Osama bin Laden and his
al-Qaeda network of terrorists who are responsible for the
September 11 attacks as well as other acts of terrorism against…
Most observers probably missed it, but President Bush and
the Republicans in Congress scored a significant victory this
The latest economic numbers show the federal deficit is at
a four-year low, thanks to higher than expected federal revenues.
Bush correctly points out that this cash infusion is a result of
his hard-fought tax cuts.
In a news conference…
Bush Administration is asking Congress for $16 million in
assistance for Indonesia: $8 million for "humanitarian and
peacekeeping" operations and $8 million to train a
"counterterrorism unit" there. This would be added to a $17.9
million program under the Defense Department Appropriations Act
(P.L. 107-117) that allows Indonesian military officers to…
Washington prepares for the April 29 arrival of China's heir
apparent, Vice President Hu Jintao, the depth of misinformation
that beclouds relations with China should encourage policymakers to
refresh their understandings of basic documents and principles that
guide U.S. policy toward Taiwan so that no statements can be taken
out of context or assigned a broader…
A new and terrifying stridency in China's rhetoric against
Taiwan's democracy is shaking at least two of the "Three Pillars"
of U.S. President George W. Bush's foreign policy on the eve of
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Washington. The rhetoric
already seems to have rattled Mr. Bush, who reacted by sending a
personal messenger to ask Taiwan President Chen…
Should the United States treat Taiwan like any other friendly or
This question has become more critical recently as U.S.
President George W. Bush's administration has delayed issuing a
routine congressional notification of arms sales to Taipei. There
is growing fear that Chinese pressure is taking a toll, and every
hint of U.S. reluctance only…
The word "nullification" might sound clear to the casual observer.
But the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush seems to
think otherwise, judging from its hesitation over whether to stop
more free fuel oil from being shipped to Pyongyang tomorrow.
On Tuesday a supertanker is scheduled to depart Singapore for the
North Korean port of Wonsan with a…
After the Rebalance to Asia
U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission
March 31, 2016
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.
For five years now, Washington has…
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual bill that sets policies and budgets for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). This bill and the defense appropriations bill are Congress’s two annual major pieces of defense legislation. With the release of the Obama Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, Congress has begun working on the NDAA.…
The Asian Studies Center
America's Commitment to the Pacific
Previous editions of this product have illustrated America’s resident power status in Asia and the continuing, critical importance of its commitment to leadership there. They have sought to demonstrate in graphic fashion what is at stake for the U.S. from the economy to security to human liberty.
The 2014 B. C. Lee Lecture
Delivered Monday, December 8, 2014
THE HONORABLE JIM DEMINT: This is a special event at Heritage, the annual B.C. Lee Lecture. The B.C. Lee Lecture is named for the founder of Samsung, a man of real vision for the U.S.–Korean alliance and South Korea’s role in the world. He was a remarkable entrepreneur and leader. I had the pleasure of meeting…
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 serve its…
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…
On Sept. 8, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test, the second since January 2016.
The regime confirmed the...…
My family members in northern Virginia, who disdain cold weather, have an aphorism that captures our thoughts about...…
China is the world’s largest exporter of merchandise. What is not well known: it is the world’s second largest net...…
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
~ The Sixth Annual Jesse Helms Lecture ~ The Jesse Helms Lecture Series highlights foreign policies that Senator Helms championed throughout his years in office. — Read more
In recent years, aggressive antitrust enforcement overseas has increasingly targeted some of America’s most successful and innovative companies, such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm. — Read more
As the Obama Administration ends and a Trump Administration prepares to take office, Chairman Michael McCaul will deliver his annual “State of Homeland Security Address” — Read more
Co-hosted by~ The Impact of the National Elections on Energy and Climate Policy ~The Texas Public Policy Foundation and The Heritage Foundation are proud to — Read more
President-elect Donald Trump will face considerable challenges when it comes to U.S. nuclear weapons and missile defense policy. An increasingly dangerous geopolitical environment, capable — Read more
In recent years, the world has learned just what is required to bravely serve America through the navy’s most elite SEAL Team. Now, for — Read more
Few Americans have participated in – let alone led – revolutionary political change in Washington. Newt Gingrich has done so more than once. — Read more
~ A Russell Kirk Lecture ~As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Russian history seems all the more pertinent. The classic — Read more
As the Trump Administration prepares to take office, it must consider its strategy in Afghanistan, the country from which al-Qaeda launched the 9/11 attacks and — Read more
In the fall of 2014, the “umbrella movement” – so-called because of the umbrellas protesters carried for protection against rain and pepper spray – occupied — Read more
The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with hundreds of thousands of individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 275 and an annual expense budget of $82.4 million.
Our mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Read More
Receive updates from Heritage about current events and initiatives in your email inbox
Already Signed up?
© 2016, The Heritage Foundation Conservative policy research since 1973