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  • Backgrounder posted December 7, 2016 by Olivia Enos Improving Information Access in North Korea

    Each year, thousands of refugees flee the oppressive North Korean regime. Today, nearly 30,000 such defectors live in South Korea.[1] Their stories attest to the important role that access to outside information plays in refugees’ decisions to seek freedom abroad. But getting information into North Korea is no easy feat. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s…

  • Issue Brief posted December 1, 2016 by Bruce Klingner South Korean Political Crisis Poses Challenge for Trump Administration

    South Korea is embroiled in a fast-moving political scandal that will lead to the removal of President Park Geun-hye and could well endanger critical national security policies and strain the alliance relationship with the United States. President Park’s political life hangs by a thread, and it is only a matter of time before she either resigns or is impeached. The…

  • Backgrounder posted November 30, 2016 by Dean Cheng A U.S. Army Role in Countering China’s A2/AD Efforts: The Expeditionary Coastal Artillery Brigade

    It is a truism that the Asia–Pacific theater is an air and maritime theater. One need only look at a map to see the vast expanse of ocean that marks the region. The Pacific covers one-third of the Earth’s surface. But while air and naval forces undoubtedly play central roles in any regional defense calculations, ground forces are also essential. Air and naval forces need…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2016 by William T. Wilson, Ph.D. China's Huge 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative Is Sweeping Central Asia

    Having overbuilt in many domestic industries—such as coal, cement and even solar panels—the Chinese government is redirecting its capital abroad. The aim is to reduce excessive industrial capacity at home while increasing financial returns. U.S. policymakers ought to be watching this very closely. One of Beijing’s most ambitious foreign economic development initiatives…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2016 by William T. Wilson, Ph.D. Has Hong Kong's Economy Peaked?

    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…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2016 by William T. Wilson, Ph.D. Uber Forced out of China

    Earlier this week, ride-boking giant Uber sold its Chinese operations to China’s ride-booking service Didi Chuxing. Didi will acquire all of Uber’s China’s operations. In only seven years, U.S.-based Uber has become an enormous commercial and global success. It is the most funded start-up company of all time. At $62.5 billion, the private car-sharing firm is now…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2016 by Bruce Klingner What Does Donald Trump's Victory Mean for Asia?

    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…

  • Backgrounder posted November 18, 2016 by Olivia Enos, Sarah Torre, William T. Wilson, Ph.D. An Economic and Humanitarian Case for Pressing China to Rescind the Two-Child Policy

    Nearly 35 years in the making, China’s one-child policy was the world’s largest social and demographic experiment. At its inception, Chinese policymakers claimed that after 30 years of implementation, the one-child policy would be reconsidered—possibly even rescinded.[1] Facing a demographic collapse, China has reconsidered the one-child policy and replaced it with a…

  • Issue Brief posted October 27, 2016 by Dean Cheng Countering Chinese Inroads into Micronesia

    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).[1] The United States, which has generally played the dominant role in this area that straddles…

  • Testimony posted September 27, 2016 by Dean Cheng China and Asian Maritime Security

    Testimony before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Committee on Foreign Affairs U.S. House of Representatives September 22, 2016 Chairman Salmon, Ranking Member Sherman, and Members of the Subommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify to you this morning. My name is Dean Cheng, and I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Asian Studies Center of the Kathryn…

  • Testimony posted September 27, 2016 by Dean Cheng U.S.-China Competition in Space

    Testimony before Subcommittee on Space Committee on Science, Space, and Technology U.S. House of Representatives September 27, 2016 Subcommittee Chairman Babin, Ranking Member Edwards, and Members of the House Subcommittee on Space. My name is Dean Cheng, and I am the Senior Research Fellow for Chinese political and security affairs with The Heritage Foundation. The…

  • Issue Brief posted September 21, 2016 by Lisa Curtis After Attack on Indian Army, U.S. Response to Crisis Must Focus on Pakistani Support of Terror

    On Sunday, four militants attacked an Indian army post in Uri near the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Pakistani and Indian Kashmir, killing 18 Indian soldiers and provoking a crisis between the two nuclear-armed states. The U.S. must pressure Pakistan to take concrete steps to rein in terrorist groups, such as the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed…

  • Testimony posted September 19, 2016 by Bruce Klingner Creating a Comprehensive Policy Response to North Korean Threats and Provocations

    Testimony before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Committee on Foreign Affairs U.S. House of Representatives September 14, 2016 My name is Bruce Klingner. I am the 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…

  • Special Report posted August 30, 2016 by James M. Roberts, William T. Wilson, Ph.D., Diane Katz, Anthony B. Kim, Bruce Klingner, David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris, Joshua Meservey, Ambassador Terry Miller, Bryan Riley, Brett D. Schaefer 2017 Global Agenda for Economic Freedom

    Foreword The promotion of economic freedom at home and abroad is essential not only for a genuine and sustained revitalization of the U.S. economy, but also to strengthen U.S. national security. In 2010, the United States fell from the highest category of economically free countries (those with overall scores above 80) in the Index of Economic Freedom. It has been stuck…

  • Backgrounder posted August 11, 2016 by Bruce Klingner Chinese Foot-dragging on North Korea Thwarts U.S. Security Interests

    North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, held in January 2016, paradoxically triggered a stronger international response than any of its first three. Although this latest test was not significantly larger than its previous ones, it did result in an international consensus that stronger, more comprehensive sanctions must be imposed on North Korea for its serial violations of its…