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    China-Japan Tiff: A Trade Lesson for the U.S.

    China and Japan had a diplomatic disagreement this past week. Of the many facets to this dispute, at least one has implications for the U.S.: during the diplomatic standoff, Chinese shipments of rare earth minerals to Japan were interrupted. The U.S. is in a much stronger position than Japan but … More

    So Much for Japanese Resolve

    After its Coast Guard arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing trawler in waters claimed by Tokyo, Japan surprised the world by showing uncharacteristic steadfastness in standing up to Chinese pressure. Indeed, despite increasingly bellicose Chinese rhetoric and threats, Tokyo valiantly stood its ground. And the fact that the left-of-center … More

    China Takes a Page from U.S. Playbook

    If competition is healthy—most conservatives believe it is—the challenge presented by China and other nations in the field of public diplomacy ought to be a wakeup call to the U.S. government. While the United States invented the concept of public diplomacy, other contenders for international leadership are investing heavily in … More

    Taxing Americans to Punish China

    President Obama reportedly spent much of his meeting this week with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao urging action to revalue the Chinese Yuan relative to the dollar. Simultaneously, Democrats in Congress are pushing a bill that would tack countervailing duties on Chinese imports in response to an alleged distortion of the … More

    How to Cause Another Depression? Anyone? Anyone?

    An ugly financial bubble bursts. A misguided U.S. Congress responds by blaming foreigners and passes a trade bill that prompts widespread retaliation and exacerbates the initial popping of the bubble. That was 1930 and the Great Depression. Fast forward 80 years. An ugly financial bubble has burst and the U.S. … More

    Senate Must Do More Homework on New START

    In her recent op-ed, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) expresses her favorable opinion about the New START Treaty that was voted out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. However, the op-ed, as well as the committee vote, raises more questions than answers. First, there were only 12 open and … More

    New START's Blind Spot

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted last week to send the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) to the Senate floor. The debate so far has centered on New START’s missile defense limitations capabilities and its useless verification measures. But as Heritage analyst Peter Brookes writes in today’s New … More

    Hurting the U.S. in Order to Hurt China

    A lot of people are unhappy with China. They’re unhappy for several reasons, but trade and investment might top the list. Some are demanding that the U.S. government take steps to punish the PRC. A few of these steps make only a bit of sense—others make no sense at all. … More

    Investigation Affirms North Korea Attacked South Korean Ship

    On September 13, 2010, South Korea released an extensive report detailing North Korea’s responsibility for an unprovoked attack on the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan. The 313-page report provides overwhelming, irrefutable evidence that Pyongyang deliberately sank the Cheonan with a torpedo launched from a submarine. Although North Korea’s motives for … More

    The Ambassador Doth Protest Too Much

    Was it wise for the Obama administration to reverse the Bush administration’s policy of distancing the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council? With the Council’s 15th session underway, it’s a question worth asking. The Council has been receiving more attention than unusual lately because the administration recently submitted … More