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    Obama Seeks to Reassure Allies … Again

    Reassurance. Out of necessity, it’s become a prevalent theme of President Obama’s foreign policy, including his trip to Asia that he embarks on today. After all, how else to assuage jittery U.S. allies and their grave misgivings over Washington’s capabilities and resolve to defend them against escalating security threats. The … More

    It’s Not the Value of the Chinese Currency: The Proof in Charts

    While the U.S. Treasury did not label China as a currency manipulator this week, it did criticize the Chinese authorities for recently intervening in the foreign exchange market. However, the yuan–dollar exchange value has no effect on the U.S.–Chinese bilateral trade balance. This is because a lot has changed in … More

    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

    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

    Arrest of Senior Chinese Officer More Proof That the Party Is in Control of the Military

    This past week, retired Chinese general Xu Caihou was detained in the course of an investigation into corruption within the senior ranks of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). What is striking is that Xu was previously one of the vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the body that … 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

    Why You Could Be the Next Obama Ambassador (Hint: No Experience Needed)

    “I’m no real expert on China.” Sobering words to hear from the man nominated by President Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. That’s what Sen. Max Baucus said during his confirmation hearing in January when asked some detailed questions about U.S.-China policy. At least Mr. Baucus had actually been … More

    Why China Is Watching the U.S. Response to the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

    As tensions in the Crimean Peninsula continue intensifying, it’s important to note who is watching. It’s not just the international press and the diplomatic corps, but also America’s biggest adversaries. Take China, for example, which made headlines over the weekend by wading into the conflict by declining to criticize Russia’s … More