Return to Common Sense

December 2, 2012

Section: Foreign – Asia

Asia is a huge economic opportunity area heavily influenced by several large repressive communist countries.

The dramatic modernization of the Asian economies ranks alongside the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution as one of the most important developments in economic history.” Larry Summers.


Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):

Asia is the largest and most populous continent or region, depending on the definition.

India is the 7th largest country by geographical area and the 2nd most populous country

o   UN Population Fund says that India will eclipse China as the most populous county by 2050.

o   Goldman Sachs predicts India could have a larger economy than the U.S. by 2050.

o   India has the world's 3rd largest GDP of $4.04 trillion.

China remains a communist authoritarian dictatorship.

o   China has developed cyber warfare capabilities to attack computers and satellites.

China continues to threaten the annexation of Taiwan as another Chinese province.

Japan is a beacon of freedom in Asia.

South Korea is a democracy that lives in the shadow of North Korea.

o   Active duty military: 560,000 in Army, 64,000 in Air Force, 68,000 in Navy.

North Korea remains one of the most secretive communist regimes in the world.

o   4.88% of population in active military.

o   Active duty military: 950,000 in Army, 110,000 in Air Force, 46,000 in Navy.

o   In 2002 North Korea admitted conducting a nuclear weapons weapon development program.

o   In 2006 UN Security Council resolution #1718 bans North Korea from launching ballistic missiles.

Philippines remains one of the most secretive communist regimes in the world.

o   Active duty military: 80,000 in Army, 16,000 in Air Force, 24,000 in Navy.

Southeast Asia is an emerging market, recovering from repressive governments.

Intra-Asian trade is beginning to flourish, without the United States participation.

·         15 Asian nations, comprising half the world's population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, excluding the United States.

·         The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, will form a club, and leave out the United States.


Support our allies economically and militarily.



Strengthen trilateral cooperation among India, Japan, and US on issues fostering democracy in Asia.

Expand U.S. Cooperation with Indian Ocean Nations.

·         Promote U.S. Navy port visits to Asian countries that border the Indian Ocean.

·         Expand the International Military Education and Training Program for officers drawn from South Asian militaries.

·         Support aid programs to the area, not only at the nation-to-nation level (e.g., the International Monetary Fund), but also at the more personal level.

Establish Free Trade Agreements across Asia Pacific (FTAAP).

·         Establish normal trade relations with Vietnam, ending 15 years of diplomacy and negotiations.

·         American leaders should not refer to China as a diplomatic “partner” until improvements in human rights.

American leaders must stand up for Taiwan freedom and independence.

Engage with North Korea to dis-mantle nuclear weapons development program via public diplomacy.

Define Asia as a major theater in the Global War on Terror.



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India’s Expanding Role in Asia: Adapting to Rising Power Status” by Lisa Curtis dated February 20, 2007 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/AsiaandthePacific/bg2008.cfm .

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Playing Geoeconomics in Asia” by Doug Bandow dated May 3, 2007 published by Institute for Policy Innovation at http://www.ipi.org/ .

China’s Quest for a Superpower Military” by John J. Tkacik Jr. dated May 17, 2007 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/AsiaandthePacific/bg2036.cfm .

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What to Do about Pyongyang” by Henry Sokolski dated April 2, 2009 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWIwMzM3YTNhZGNlY2ZlMmNmMmRkZjFiZmJlMzY0YmI=.

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Cliff Dwellers” by Clarice Feldman dated December 2, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/12/cliff_dwellers.html .