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    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

    US Continues to Turn a Blind Eye to Chinese Aggression

    China’s rise has the Obama administration looking as uncertain as the proverbial deer in the headlights. Caught between the unappealing alternatives of embracing or containing China, it largely chooses inaction. Its famous “pivot” to Asia has stalled — a casualty of Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s near obsession with … More

    Sri Lanka: Most Economically Free South Asian Nation

    Sri Lanka has maintained its position as the most economically free nation in South Asia, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. The country has a sustained annual growth rate of 6 percent since 2010 and continues to pursue economic reforms and liberalization. Despite a dip in its global … More

    Chinese Military Plays Greater Role in South China Sea Disputes

    China appears increasingly willing to escalate tensions along its periphery as it asserts its claims over various disputed islands and shoals. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently compared Sino–Japanese relations to 1914, suggesting not only that tensions are on the rise but that there is a real potential for conflict. … More

    Hope is Not an Asia Policy

    State of the Union addresses are generally expressions of hope.  And yes, it would be nice if Asia was all economic opportunity and competition.  Indeed, the economic opportunities in Asia for the U.S. are great. But a shadow of doubt is growing over the region. The threat that doubt poses … More

    North Korea Is Asia's Wild Card

    Waves of enemy troops crested the horizon. The nervous young lieutenant turned to his trusted NCO and asked what they should do. “I don’t know about you,” replied the sergeant, “but I’m going to run like hell.” The Korean Peninsula was home to one of the Cold War’s hottest conflicts. … More

    The State of Economic Freedom in Asia

    Asia is home to some of the economically freest and least free nations in the world, according to the recently released Index of Economic Freedom. The Index, published yearly by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, surveys 186 countries and gives each country a score based on 10 … More

    Economic Freedom in Japan: A Lot of Work Ahead

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. While Japan has dropped in its ranking in the Index of Economic Freedom, from 24th in 2013 to 25th in 2014, it still has a positive growth in economic freedom, allowing it to hold on to … More