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…
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…
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…
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…
North Korea has established an independent military division responsible for controlling and deploying its intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs). Known as the Musudan, 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…
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…
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
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
The U.S. intelligence community's revelation that North Korea
was helping Syria to build a nuclear reactor "not intended for
peaceful purposes" 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…
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) would grant the same preferential treatment
for foreign military sales to South Korea as…
The recent release of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI) confirmed that the...…
Recent negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program failed to reach a comprehensive agreement. U.S. Secretary of State John...…
collapse is imminently going to occur, what I am trying to argue is that we need to be…
Amidst increased sequestration cuts and North Korean threats of hostility, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel...…
President Obama’s much-vaunted “Asia Pivot” provides a much-needed emphasis on a region that is critical to U.S....…
Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia
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