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 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,…
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…
The debate in Washington over granting permanent
normal trade relations (NTR) status to China has been fractious.
Conservatives and liberals disagree, even among themselves, over
whether increased trade with China will effect improvements in its
human rights record, religious freedom, fair labor practices, or
the President is asking…
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…
Friday, August 8, was the holiest day in China's 2008 calendar.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W.
Bush were in Beijing (along with 54 other heads of state and 15
prime ministers) to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympic
Games. Russia also invaded Georgia that day. China shrugged off the
Russian desecration of the sacred date,…
Abstract: On December 16, the Japanese people will once again have an opportunity to reshape their nation’s political landscape. To many, such reform seemed imminent three years ago, when the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) swept into power. Yet the DPJ was unable to turn campaign promises into concrete reforms, and as a result, the Japanese public’s desire for political…
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…
Those who thought that the devastating Sichuan earthquake of May
12 brought out the best in the Chinese government should think
Six weeks after the quake, it has become obvious that the local
government's incompetence and venality was responsible for the
collapse of schools while other buildings stood. But now that
foreign reporters are covering the deaths…
The 2011 edition of the China Global Investment Tracker has been released. Please visit http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/01/China-Global-Investment-Tracker-2011 for updated charts and data.
Updated July 7, 2009
China's role in the global financial arena is increasingly important to the United States and the international community. In…
SHEFFER: Welcome to The Heritage Foundation luncheon in
honor of the Honorable Henry J. Hyde, Chairman of the House
International Relations Committee, and his bi-partisan
Ken Sheffer, Counsellor to the President of The Heritage Foundation
and Heritage's representative in Asia. On behalf of Foundation
President Ed Feulner, it is my…
The Bush Administration has just faced its first
foreign policy crisis. China announced on April 11 that the crew of
a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, held since April 1, would be
released. The U.S. plane and a Chinese jet fighter collided in
mid-air over international waters. The damaged American airplane
made an emergency landing on China's Hainan Island, where it…
In October, both houses of
Congress unanimously passed and President George W. Bush signed the
North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004.1 This act
promotes improving human rights in North Korea as an integral part
of broader U.S. policy on the Korean peninsula, and it also calls
for protecting North Korean defectors as refugees.
Surprisingly, the most vocal…
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 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...…
President Obama attended India’s Republic Day Celebrations as its chief guest—the first time a U.S. head of state has...…
The degeneration of Hong Kong’s political environment continues apace with the firebombing of the home and offices of...…
There was a time when the “China-lobby” meant supporters of The Republic of China (Taiwan). In the last couple decades,...…
If we really knew what is going on in the Kremlin backrooms, where Russia’s information war is being planned, we in the...…
President Obama issued a new executive order to impose addition punitive measures on North Korea. Although the...…
How should the United States respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures? One group says we should hack them...…
An activist has decided to bring "The Interview" to the people of North Korea.
Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector...…
The pro-democracy protests that captured the energy of youth in Hong Kong -- and earned sympathy around the world --...…
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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