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    Hagel’s Visit to China Showcases Hardening Chinese Line

    As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returns from his visit to China, reporting on the visit has been mixed. Optimists have tended to focus on the visit to China’s new aircraft carrier as an example of a new openness on the part of Beijing. And it is important to recognize … More

    The Asia Pivot Comes Up Short—Again

    The U.S. Marine Corps is questioning whether it can implement the Obama Administration’s much-vaunted strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific. “We are on our way…to a less than a 300-hundred ship Navy,” said General John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. “We are on our way to a … More

    Liberty’s Champions from Hong Kong

    Anson Chan, the final Chief Secretary of Hong Kong under British rule and the first after the turnover to the Chinese, is a model of practicality and moderation. Martin Lee, founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, is the city’s revered, chief democratic activist. They came to Washington together last … More

    Nepal: Recent Elections a Tentative Step Toward a New Constitution

    Four months after elections that saw the Maoist party removed from power and the resurgence of its rivals in the Nepali Congress and United Marxist-Leninist (UML) parties, little progress has been made on a new constitution in Nepal. A new, properly constructed constitution will lead to stability, and stability in … More

    Pacific Space Age: Implications for the United States

    Competing powers China and Japan are vying for prominence in the Asia–Pacific region as each country pursues development of its space program. At a recent event at The Heritage Foundation, Katsuyuki Kawai, a member of the Japanese House of Representatives, noted, “Space has become the yardstick to measure national capabilities … More

    Asia Pivot Should Be More Than Just Rhetoric and Good Intentions

    President Obama’s impending trip to Asia in April is an opportunity for the U.S. to go beyond mere rhetorical commitment to the Asia pivot. At a recent event at The Heritage Foundation, experts Randy Shriver of Project 2049 and Heritage fellows Bruce Klingner and Walter Lohman laid the framework for … More

    Affirming the Taiwan Relations Act

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee met this week to mark up H. Res. 494, “Affirming the Importance of the Taiwan Relations Act [TRA].” The bill, co-sponsored by more than 60 Congressmen, reaffirms the House’s commitment to support Taiwan in joining any regional free trade agreements and to maintain peace in … More

    Japan: On-the-Ground Perspective of Volatile Disputes

    On a recent visit by 10 young Heritage Foundation researchers to Tokyo, Japan, the issue of torn relations between Japan and China dominated the majority of our meetings with Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials. There was little substantive talk, though, about how relations will actually be … More

    U.S. Interests Lie in a Democratic Bangladesh

    The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week held a hearing on labor and trade issues in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza last April that killed over 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh. While these issues are important, Congress should also focus on the current challenges … More

    Young Heritage Researchers Back from Japan

    A group of 10 young researchers from The Heritage Foundation just returned to Washington after a two-week stay in Japan. During our trip we met with Diet members, staff from the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and scholars, including those from the Matsushita Institute of Government and … More