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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

    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

    President Obama Right to Meet Dalai Lama

    President Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Friday, in a move that aroused Chinese protests. The meeting of the two Nobel Peace Prize winners was condemned by the Chinese foreign ministry, whose spokesperson, Hua Chunying, declared, “The U.S. leader’s planned meeting with Dalai is a gross interference in China’s … 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

    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

    Climate-Change Busyness

    Rather quietly, the Obama administration is putting together a climate action plan that it intends to implement without legislative approval. It’s a creative approach to governing. But the plan will drive up energy prices for American families and businesses without making a dent in global temperatures. When Congress refused to … 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

    China On Your Doorstep

    If there’s a Chinese business person in your neighborhood talking about buying a local company or plot of land, you’re not alone. Excluding bond purchases, Chinese investment in the U.S. set a record last year at over $14 billion, rising more than 50 percent from 2012. Whether more is on … More

    The United States Should Lead with Power and Purpose on China

    Recently I posted here on China’s unprecedented military buildup and the reasons for it. The Chinese Communist leaders are pursuing a “coercive but non-kinetic” policy – essentially bullying the smaller countries in the region with the threat of armed conflict – and rapidly developing the means to deny the American military access to … 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