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  • White Paper posted July 17, 2012 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Robert Warshaw Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence. Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…

  • Testimony posted November 3, 2011 by Bruce Klingner The Expanding U.S. – Korea Alliance: Protecting Freedom and Democracy in Asia

    My name is Bruce Klingner. I am 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 Foundation. It has been said that the U.S. – Republic of Korea alliance was “forged in blood.” That is surely true, because the true…

  • WebMemo posted May 18, 2011 by Bruce Klingner Proposed Re-Realignment for Northeast Asia Ignores Strategic Realities

    Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D–MI), ranking member John McCain (R–AZ), and Senator Jim Webb (D–VA) have called on the United States to overhaul two complex military realignment agreements with South Korea and Japan. Their proposals would undermine years of carefully crafted diplomacy that achieved U.S. strategic objectives and resolved contentious…

  • White Paper posted January 14, 2011 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Nicholas Hamisevicz Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    The global financial crisis has had a major impact on perceptions of American power and its relationships in Asia. Many of the perceptions are not founded on facts. Among the facts often overlooked: American companies invest far more abroad than does all of Asia combined. For every dollar the U.S. has invested in China it has invested two in Australia…

  • WebMemo posted March 11, 2010 by Bruce Klingner New North Korean Missile Unit Reflects Growing Missile Threat

    North Korea has established an independent military division responsible for controlling and deploying its intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs).[1] Known as the Musudan,[2] these IRBMs are a strategic-level asset controlled by the senior leadership. Little is known about the missile, but U.S. assessments consider it to be a single-stage, road-mobile IRBM with a…

  • Commentary posted September 4, 2009 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. The End of an Era in Japan?

    Sixty-four years ago this week, the Japanese formally surrendered to Allied forces on the USS Missouri, ending World War II. Thus began a long era in U.S.-Japanese relations characterized by a shared strategic vision and broad cooperation on security. That era may be over. This past weekend's elections ended five decades of dominance by the Liberal Democratic…

  • Commentary posted September 2, 2009 by Bruce Klingner America's New Japan Challenge

    The rumbling you heard across the Pacific Ocean over the weekend was Japan moving further from the United States -- and closer to China. Japan's left-of-center opposition party, which has long spouted anti-capitalist and anti-US rhetoric, won a landslide victory in Sunday's election. The Democratic Party of Japan wound up with 308 seats in the powerful lower…

  • Commentary posted September 2, 2009 by Bruce Klingner DPJ Victory Poses Challenges for U.S. Alliance

    Japan's opposition Democratic Party of Japan fulfilled predictions by winning a landslide victory over the moribund ruling party. The change in government is historic: It is only the second time in 50 years that the Liberal Democratic Party has been out of power. A disgruntled and angry electorate threw the LDP out of office for not only failing to fix Japan's…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2009 by Peter Brookes Flashpoint: The Great Wall Goes to Sea

    Militarily, China has not been well-known for its navy. The Army has long been the dominant service in the People's Republic of China (PRC), a country celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding by Mao Zedong in 1949. In fact, despite being known as the "Great Helmsman," Mao was so focused on the Army after taking power that it was not until 1953 that he…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2009 by Peter Brookes Learning to Love Missile Defense

    The Obama administration is reacting to the anticipated launch of another North Korean long-range ballistic missile, expected to fly over the Pacific toward Hawaii sometime soon, by putting missile defense on alert. That's a big change from last time. Back in April, in advance of North Korea's last missile test, the administration pretty much pooh-poohed the…

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  • Commentary posted September 10, 2008 by Peter Brookes Korean Conundrum: What if Kim's Kaput?

    News reports that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has had a stroke could certainly be true. At 66, he's no spring chicken, especially considering his reportedly colorful lifestyle. In fact, every few years, news of Kim's incapacitation - or death - makes the rounds, based on intelligence, rumor or even the reading of tea leaves. Sorting fact from fiction is a…

  • WebMemo posted October 31, 2008 by Bruce Klingner North Korea Nuclear Verification: Has the U.S. Blinked?

    The Bush Administration announced on October 11 that it had removed North Korea from the state sponsors of terrorism list in return for Pyongyang's acceptance of a six-party talks verification protocol. Details of the verification agreement have not been disclosed pending formal approval at a heads of delegation meeting. The State Department claims that all…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2009 by Peter Brookes Flashpoint: The Great Wall Goes to Sea

    Militarily, China has not been well-known for its navy. The Army has long been the dominant service in the People's Republic of China (PRC), a country celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding by Mao Zedong in 1949. In fact, despite being known as the "Great Helmsman," Mao was so focused on the Army after taking power that it was not until 1953 that he…

  • WebMemo posted June 20, 2006 by Balbina Y. Hwang, Ph.D. A North Korean Missile Test: Implications for the U.S. and theRegion

    According to international intelligence reports, for the last five weeks, North Korea has been steadily moving towards a test launch of the Taepodong 2, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range up to 6,000 kilometers - enough to reach Alaska. Satellite intelligence reveals that Pyongyang has loaded booster rockets onto a launch pad in Musuduan-ri, in…

  • WebMemo posted October 11, 2006 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. A New Tack for China after North Korea's Nuclear Test?

    From the beginning of the North Korean affaire nucleaire in 1993, China's devout wish has been that North Korea might bluster about having the bomb-and allow the world to suspect it had one-without actually testing one and removing all doubt. North Korea could leverage that ambiguity for international aid, while China could act as an honest broker and still claim to…

  • WebMemo posted October 4, 2007 by Bruce Klingner North Korea: Worrisome Gaps in Six-Party Talks' Joint Statement

    The joint statement released by the Six-Party Talks participants on October 3 represents a significant step forward in securing an end to North Korea's production of weapons-grade plutonium and capping its nuclear weapons inventory. The statement is also flawed, however, because its provisions are insufficient to ensure that North Korea fully declares and divests…

  • Backgrounder posted March 26, 2002 by Balbina Y. Hwang, Ph.D., Brett D. Schaefer Addressing the Looming Financial Crisis in Japan

    As March 31 approaches, Japan faces critical decisions regarding the future of its economy. This deadline, which marks the end of the financial year, is crucial because Japanese banks must account for their assets and performance, which may fail to meet investors' expectations. The fear is that a loss of confidence in the banks will cause widespread distress in the…

  • Backgrounder posted February 12, 2002 by John J. Tkacik, Jr., Balbina Hwang President Bush's Trip to Asia: Promoting Security, Prosperity, and Peace

    President George Bush, in his State of the Union address to the American people, set the priorities for his agenda on his upcoming state visits to Japan, Korea, and China. When he travels to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing, his key priority will be security, but it will be followed closely by economic issues and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The President will…

  • WebMemo posted July 5, 2006 by Baker Spring A Comprehensive Set of Military Options for Countering NorthKorea's Growing Missile Threat

    Starting on the Fourth of July, North Korea launched a salvo of seven short-, medium- and long-range missiles. Despite the failure of the single long-range missile, the Taepo Dong-2, the launches confirmed that North Korea is seeking to advance its missile arsenal in order to threaten both the United States and its allies in Asia. The short- and medium-range…

  • Testimony posted November 3, 2011 by Bruce Klingner The Expanding U.S. – Korea Alliance: Protecting Freedom and Democracy in Asia

    My name is Bruce Klingner. I am 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 Foundation. It has been said that the U.S. – Republic of Korea alliance was “forged in blood.” That is surely true, because the true…

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  • White Paper posted July 17, 2012 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Robert Warshaw Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence. Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…

  • WebMemo posted May 18, 2011 by Bruce Klingner Proposed Re-Realignment for Northeast Asia Ignores Strategic Realities

    Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D–MI), ranking member John McCain (R–AZ), and Senator Jim Webb (D–VA) have called on the United States to overhaul two complex military realignment agreements with South Korea and Japan. Their proposals would undermine years of carefully crafted diplomacy that achieved U.S. strategic objectives and resolved contentious…

  • White Paper posted January 14, 2011 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Nicholas Hamisevicz Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    The global financial crisis has had a major impact on perceptions of American power and its relationships in Asia. Many of the perceptions are not founded on facts. Among the facts often overlooked: American companies invest far more abroad than does all of Asia combined. For every dollar the U.S. has invested in China it has invested two in Australia…

  • WebMemo posted March 11, 2010 by Bruce Klingner New North Korean Missile Unit Reflects Growing Missile Threat

    North Korea has established an independent military division responsible for controlling and deploying its intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs).[1] Known as the Musudan,[2] these IRBMs are a strategic-level asset controlled by the senior leadership. Little is known about the missile, but U.S. assessments consider it to be a single-stage, road-mobile IRBM with a…

  • WebMemo posted October 31, 2008 by Bruce Klingner North Korea Nuclear Verification: Has the U.S. Blinked?

    The Bush Administration announced on October 11 that it had removed North Korea from the state sponsors of terrorism list in return for Pyongyang's acceptance of a six-party talks verification protocol. Details of the verification agreement have not been disclosed pending formal approval at a heads of delegation meeting. The State Department claims that all…

  • WebMemo posted September 11, 2008 by Bruce Klingner Planning for a North Korea without Kim Jong-il

    Rumors that Kim Jong-il suffered a stroke have triggered concerns over the ramifications of instability and regime change in North Korea, particularly in regards to that nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons. Over the years, there have been scores of rumors regarding Kim, including illness, incapacitation, coup, assassination, and even death. Subsequently, jaded…

  • WebMemo posted July 16, 2008 by Bruce Klingner North Korea Denuclearization Requires Rigorous Verification System

    On July 12, the six-party talks nations agreed on July 12 to broad measures for verifying North Korea's pledge to abandon its nuclear weapons programs. The joint communiqué was typically bereft of substantive details, which were deferred to a working group for resolution. North Korea did agree to verification measures that included "visits to facilities, review of…

  • WebMemo posted June 26, 2008 by Bruce Klingner Limited Progress on North Korean Denuclearization: CriticalQuestions Lie Ahead

    Pyongyang's June 26 delivery of a data declaration regarding its nuclear weapons programs and the anticipated destruction of the cooling tower at the Yongbyon nuclear reactor represent commendable progress toward North Korean denuclearization. Similarly, North Korea's earlier delivery of approximately 19,000 pages of Yongbyon's operating records provided a trove of…

  • WebMemo posted April 29, 2008 by Bruce Klingner Playing "Whack-a-Mole" with North Korea

    The U.S. intelligence community's revelation that North Korea was helping Syria to build a nuclear reactor "not intended for peaceful purposes"[1] after seven months of Bush Administration stonewalling will be a serious body blow to the Six-Party Talks. The intelligence disclosure, coming so soon after strenuous congressional and interagency objections to a tentative…

  • WebMemo posted March 18, 2008 by Bruce Klingner Supporting Our South Korean Ally and Enhancing Defense Cooperation

    Legislation pending in Congress to facilitate foreign military sales to South Korea would enhance the security of a key U.S. ally and strengthen the bilateral military relationship. The U.S.-Republic of Korea Defense Cooperation Improvement Act of 2008 (H.R. 5443/S.1846)[1] would grant the same preferential treatment for foreign military sales to South Korea as…

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