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    Burma: ASEAN Can’t Ignore Persecution of Religious Minorities

    As Burma assumes its role as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its ability to credibly deal with serious human rights issues is in serious question. Burma has come out with a statement that, under its chairmanship, ASEAN will not address concerns about the persecution of the … More

    Taiwan: The Connection Between Economic Performance and Security

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s Index of Economic Freedom. It also marks the 35th year of a piece of legislation near and dear to the mission of The Heritage Foundation—the Taiwan Relations Act. Taiwan last year had one of the largest increases in … More

    Southeast Asia and Its Press Freedom Woes

    A Burmese court recently sentenced a journalist to jail for purported defamation, coarse language, and trespassing. The journalist, Ma Khine, was reporting on corruption and video piracy when she allegedly got into an argument during an agreed-upon interview with lawyer Aye Aye Phyo, who asked her to leave his home … More

    Trying to "Contain" China Makes No Sense. So What's the Right Strategy?

    In 1962, the Beatles auditioned for Decca Records. Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro. And China invaded India. More than 2,000 died in the harsh mountain combat. A self-declared “non-aligned” power, India never expected to be attacked by a Cold War protagonist. Unprepared, New Delhi threw ground troops into the … More

    China’s Growing Navy

    China’s declaration of an air defense identification zone over Japanese-administered waters in the East China Sea and confrontation with an American guided missile cruiser is a useful reminder of China’s growing naval strength. In a recently released report, The Heritage Foundation noted that China’s navy is by far the largest … More

    India: Budding Blue-Water Navy Capabilities

    India’s recent acquisition of the Russian-made aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya demonstrates its desire to increase its naval strength. Building a blue-water navy suggests that India is seeking to project both force and influence in the Asia–Pacific and hedge against China’s growing sphere of influence and continued naval buildup. India’s newest … More

    Growing Tensions in the Air, Literally, over East Asia

    On November 23, the People’s Republic of China announced a new air defense identification zone (ADIZ) covering a large swath of the East China Sea. Most importantly, it covered the airspace over the disputed Senkaku islands. This move, effectively escalating tensions in Asia, led the United States to order two B-52s … More

    What the Mehsud Strike Means for Fighting Global Terrorism

    It was welcome news that a U.S.-launched drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) who was responsible for slaughtering thousands of Pakistanis and wanted for his involvement in the 2009 attack on a U.S. forward-operating base in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officials, but some in the … More

    Hearing on Afghanistan Highlights Importance of Residual Force

    Panelists at a recent hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia urged Congress to maintain a strong residual force in Afghanistan post-2014. The U.S. should remain diplomatically, financially, and militarily engaged in Afghanistan, noted Heritage Foundation senior fellow Lisa Curtis: The U.S. must … More

    Trending Terrorism in Asia

    A recent survey of indicators compiled and presented by The Heritage Foundation found that Asian countries comprise three out of the top four countries with the most domestic terrorist attacks. Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India make it into the top five for domestic terrorist attacks, and Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, … More