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  • Backgrounder posted April 7, 1999 by Richard D. Fisher China Increases Its Missile Forces While Opposing U.S. Missile Defense

    Revelations that China stole U.S. nuclear warhead secrets highlight two strategic challenges to the United States. First, China is building a range of new ballistic and cruise missiles. New, small nuclear warheads--developed with the help of the stolen information and other U.S. data--will allow China to place multiple warheads on new intercontinental…

  • Backgrounder posted November 13, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher, Robert P. O'Quinn, Daryl Plunk Clinton's Trip to Asia

    As President Bill Clinton prepares to make his second trip to Asia later this month, America's allies and friends are expecting him to show strong U.S. leadership. Each destination along his route--Malaysia for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Japan, and South Korea--will present dilemmas requiring tough recommendations and…

  • Executive Memorandum posted November 8, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher Time To Stop North Korea's Missile Blackmail

    North Korea's August 31 missile test that flew over Japan highlights a growing missile threat to Japan, South Korea, and the United States. This test follows North Korea's demands for $500 million to halt its missile exports, as well as threats to revive its nuclear weapons program if it does not get more money. Such blatant extortion demonstrates the failure of U.S.…

  • Executive Memorandum posted October 15, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher Malaysia After the Crackdown: A Poor Venue

    Until September, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim--a friend of the United States and a modern pro-market reformer--seemed destined to succeed Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, who has led Malaysia for 17 years. On September 2, however, Mahathir sacked Anwar; then, on September 20, he had Anwar arrested on spurious charges of sexual…

  • Backgrounder posted September 15, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher Don't Railroad Cambodia's Democrats

    Thousands of Cambodians protesting for democracy in the capital of Phnom Penh are looking to the United States for help. On September 8, 9, and 10, these peaceful protesters were attacked and dispersed by the troops of Second Prime Minister Hun Sen. A number of countries, however, are trying to railroad Cambodia's democrats into forming a coalition government…

  • Executive Memorandum posted June 16, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher, John T. Dori The Strategic Implications of China's Nuclear Aid to Pakistan

    China's role in helping Pakistan to acquire nuclear weapons has raised serious concerns about China's part in fostering instability in South Asia. The disturbing strategic implications spill over even to the Middle East. It is essential that policymakers in the United States examine these implications carefully in order to craft an effective response. CHINA'S…

  • Backgrounder posted June 15, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher, Robert P. O'Quinn, James J. Przystup, Stephen J. Yates Priorities for the President At the China Summit: Putting NationalSecurity First

    In late June, President Bill Clinton will embark on an eight-day state visit to the People's Republic of China. This will be the first visit of a U.S. President to China since the bloody massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. President Clinton believes this state visit is important to the forging of the "constructive…

  • Backgrounder posted March 12, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher, Robert P. O'Quinn The United States and Thailand: Helping a Friend in Need

    The visit of Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai to Washington, D.C., on March 12 offers the opportunity to reaffirm U.S. support for Thailand. Once considered an economic "tiger," Thailand is seeking to recover from an economic crisis that has ravaged economies across Asia. The Thai economy, which had expanded at an average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of…

  • Executive Summary posted March 12, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher, Robert P. O'Quinn BG1164es: The United States and Thailand: Helping a Friend in Need

    Thailand seeks support from the United States as it tries to recover from a serious economic crisis. The March 12, 1998, visit of Thailand's Prime Minister, Chuan Leekpai, offers the United States the opportunity to affirm its support for an important U.S. ally. In addition to their long-standing military alliance, Thailand and the United States share a concern…

  • Executive Summary posted March 11, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher BG1163es:China's Arms Require Better U.S. Military Ties With Taiwan

    The traditional objective of the United States in the Taiwan Strait has been to prevent conflict until the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC) settle their differences peacefully. To this end, under the provisions of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the United States has sold defensive weapons to Taiwan to deter Chinese…

  • Backgrounder posted March 11, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher China's Arms Require Better U.S. Military Ties With Taiwan

    The traditional objective of the United States in the Taiwan Strait has been to prevent conflict until the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan settle their differences peacefully. To this end, under the provisions of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), the United States has sold defensive weapons to Taiwan to deter an attack…

  • Backgrounder posted November 5, 1997 by Richard D. Fisher How America's Friends Are Building China's Military Power

    The October 29 summit between President Bill Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin took place amid growing international expectations that China will become a major power in the next century, both economically and militarily. Increasingly, even though the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is largely an obsolete force, Beijing is seeking to use China's growing wealth…

  • Asian Backgrounder posted February 20, 1997 by Richard D. Fisher Dangerous Moves: Russia's Sale of Missile Destroyers to China

    This report is currently available only in PDF format.…

  • Backgrounder Update posted March 12, 1996 by Richard D. Fisher, Stephen Yates China's Missile Diplomacy: A Test of American Resolve in Asia

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 3/12/96 269 CHINA'S MISSILE DIPLOMACY: A TEST OF AMERICAN RESOLVE IN ASIA (Updating Asian Studies Center Backgrounder No. 139, "China's Threats to Taiwan Challenge U.S. Leadership in Asia," March 6, 1996) Early in the morning of March 8, China fired three nuclear-capable missiles into two areas close to the Republic of China on…

  • Asian Backgrounder posted March 6, 1996 by Richard D. Fisher China's Threats to Taiwan Challenge U.S. Leadership in Asia

    (Archived document, may contain errors) No. 139 March 6, 1996 CHINA'S THREATS TO TAIWAN CHALLENGE U.S. LEADERSHIP IN ASIA INTRODUCTION Deterring conflict in the Taiwan Strait is among the most important challenges for American foreign policy in early 1996. Ever since Republic of China Preside nt Lee Teng- hui's private visit to the United States on June 7-10, 1995,…