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    China Not Yet Rebalancing

    China has the world’s second-largest GDP, the world’s largest monetary base, and the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves. Its large internal and external economic imbalances can matter a great deal to the global economy. There are claims China is now rebalancing. It isn’t. Claims of rebalancing are based on the … More

    Chen's Choices and American Values

    Human rights activists Bob Fu and Reggie Littlejohn will discuss recent developments in the Chen Guangcheng case at a press conference today at The Heritage Foundation. They do so at the height of tension over the case of Chinese dissident Chen Gaungcheng, who, after leaving the safety of the U.S. … More

    Don't Strand the Marines on the Beach

    The United States and Japan released a revised deployment plan for U.S. Marine Corps forces in the Pacific. It is an improvement over the 2006 Guam Agreement, but it still sacrifices alliance military capabilities for political expediency. The new plan is more flexible and operationally focused, since it maintains Marine … More

    China's Premier Is Not a Reformer

    Both The Washington Post and the Financial Times have more front-page stories today on the seemingly endless saga of the fall of senior Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai. These particular two stories claim that Bo’s ouster has boosted China’s economic reformers, led by Premier Wen Jiabao. This is a … More

    Horror of North Korea's Prison Camps Revealed by Escapee

    Deep inside the darkness of North Korea—a totalitarian state from which little news escapes—as many as 200,000 citizens are suffering in the regime’s forced labor camps, living each day with no hope and no expectation of a better life ahead. One man, however, has escaped to tell his life story, … More

    Rubio Is Right: Naval Power Pivotal to U.S. Foreign Policy

    Senator Marco Rubio’s (R–FL) foreign policy speech today at the Brookings Institution included a standout sentence that should be thoughtfully considered: Even in our military engagements, the lasting impact of our influence on the world is hard to ignore. Millions of people have emerged from poverty around the world in … More

    U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement Marks Breakthrough

    Despite serious setbacks for the U.S. in Afghanistan over the last three months, the two countries were able to conclude a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) over the weekend that lays a broad framework for U.S.–Afghan relations following the end of U.S. and NATO combat operations in 2014. The agreement will … More

    Russia's Gunboat Diplomacy: Russian Warships to Patrol Syria's Coast?

    On April 13, the Russian RIA Novosti news agency quoted a high-ranking source in the Russian defense ministry as saying, “A decision was made to deploy Russian warships near the Syrian shores on a permanent basis.” The source announced that Russia’s naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean had “nothing to … More

    Crisis in U.S.–Pakistan Ties Subsides, but Disconnect on Terrorism Persists

    Pakistan’s parliament Thursday approved recommendations of a parliamentary committee to reset the terms of U.S.–Pakistan relations, paving the way for the reopening of NATO supply routes and the resumption of high-level U.S.–Pakistan diplomatic engagement. The supply routes were shut down and high-level visits suspended following a NATO air strike that … More

    Morning Bell: North Korea's Rogue Missile Launch

    In defiance of international pressure, North Korea last night launched a long range missile, underscoring the belligerent regime’s continuing threat to U.S. interests and regional stability in Asia. The launch comes as the rogue nation is continuing its transition to new leadership under dictator Kim Jong-un, who replaced his father … More