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    Japan's Post-WWII Recovery Can Be a Lesson for the World

    Although Japan is now best remembered for two decades of economic stagnancy, its post-war development plan can still serve as a model for emerging countries and economies recovering from crisis. This notion was on display in October, when, for the first time since 1964, Tokyo hosted the annual meetings of … More

    Free Trade Leadership: Not Made in America

    Later this month, China and 15 other nations will begin negotiations for a possible new trade agreement. This agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, could encompass 28 percent of the global economy, to the benefit of all nations involved. These negotiations reflect a worldwide trend of bilateral and multilateral trade … More

    Requiem for Hu, Wu, and Wen

    Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, and Wen Jiabao will step down from the top of the Chinese Communist Party this week. In four months, or thereabouts, they will surrender their (less important) places at the top of the Chinese government. And not a moment too soon. Their decade leading the PRC … More

    India Helps U.S. Join Asian Maritime Grouping

    Last week, India assisted the U.S. in securing dialogue-partner status in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), a 20-member grouping of littoral nations of the Indian Ocean. India and the U.S.—as well as other Indo-Pacific nations such as Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia—share an interest in maintaining … More

    The U.S. and the Growing Tensions Between China and Japan

    Over the past year, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has managed to antagonize virtually all of its maritime neighbors as ongoing disputes over territorial claims, oceanic borders, and maritime rights have boiled over. None are as potentially dangerous, however, as that between China and Japan, which are becoming ever … More

    Who Is Winning Asia's Game of Battleship?

    Tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands have increased due to the recent presence of Chinese patrol boats near Japanese waters. Only a handful of Japanese Coast Guard ships currently patrol the Senkaku Island area, and rumors of a flotilla of 1,000 Chinese fishing vessels heading toward … More

    Panetta's Asia Visit Should Sort Friends from (Potential) Foes

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Asia trying to prevent further escalations in tensions over several territorial disputes. National elections in South Korea and Japan and a leadership transition in China’s Communist Party have fueled a resurgence of nationalism and historical animosities. Although the rhetoric and political posturing is coming … More

    Does China or Japan Invest More in the U.S.?

    Japan is a bigger direct investor in the U.S. economy than China—by almost 100 times. In 2010, Japanese investment in the U.S. totaled $257.3 billion—second only to investment from the U.K.—while Chinese investments totaled $3.2 billion. Asia is home to more than half the world’s population. Freedom and tyranny live … More

    What Japan's Tax Debate Is Really About

    A major political struggle in Japan is coming to a head this week, one that could empower the current government or ultimately bring it down. The battle is ostensibly about economic policy but is mostly about politics, as the policy in question is largely symbolic. When the government’s survival may … More

    USS Essex Captain Loses Job After Aging Ship Collides With Tanker

    The USS Essex keeps making news for all the wrong reasons. The amphibious assault ship was unable to complete two missions because of mechanical or maintenance issues. Last month the aging warship’s steering failed, causing it to collide with the tanker. Now the Navy has removed the ship’s commanding officer. … More