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October 9, 2014

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.

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) remains a communist authoritarian dictatorship.

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

o   China has badly reneged on its promises to cease proliferation of weapons technology.

o   There are over 1,000 “re-education-through-labor” camps scattered across the country.

Japan is a beacon of freedom in Asia.

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   India is the second fastest growing (9.2%) large economy.

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

o   In 2008 U.S. approved a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement.

o   In 2005 U.S. signed a new defense framework which enhanced bilateral military ties and stated that “The United states and India agree on vital importance of political and economic freedom, democratic institutions, and the rule of law, security, and opportunity around the world.”

The Commonwealth of Australia is our closest ally 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.

The PRC continues to threaten the annexation of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan as another Chinese province.

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.

o   North Korea has tested nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles numerous times.

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.

Principles:

Support our allies economically and militarily.

 

Recommendations:

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

Expand U.S. Cooperation with Indian Ocean Nations.

Establish Free Trade Agreements across Asia Pacific (FTAAP).

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.

 

References:

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The Case for Permanent Normal Trading Relations with Vietnam” by Dana Dillon and Daniella Markheim dated July 12, 2006 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/AsiaandthePacific/wm1152.cfm .

Bush should focus on Korea” by Dick Morris dated October 25, 2006 published by The Hill at http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/Comment/DickMorris/102506.html .

Confronting the North Korean Threat” by Yuri Yarim-Agaev dated October 31, 2006 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=25174 .

An Agreement Among Allies: Advancing the Korea-U.S. FTA” by Anthony B. Kim dated November 14, 2006 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://author.heritage.org/Research/TradeandForeignAid/wm1253.cfm .

U.S. Interests and Central Asia Energy Security” by Ariel Cohen dated November 15, 2006 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/RussiaandEurasia/bg1984.cfm .

The Single Most Important Thing About China” by Don Feder dated January 15, 2007 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=26419 .

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 .

Confronting the North Korean Nuclear Threat” by Bruce Klingner dated April 4, 2007 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/AsiaandthePacific/bg2023.cfm .

The Last King of Java” by Bret Stephens dated April 7, 2007 published by The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal at http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009910 .

The Empire of Lies” by Guy Sorman dated May 2, 2007 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=28104 .

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 .

Strategic Nightmare” by Geoff Metcalf dated June 18, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/19269 .

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Free Trade with Taiwan is Long Overdue” by John J. Tkacik Jr. and Daniella Markheim dated August 15, 2007 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/TradeandForeignAid/bg2061.cfm .

South Korea’s Mercurial Political Landscape” by Bruce Klingner dated September 12, 2007 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/AsiaandthePacific/bg2068.cfm .

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Esteem for US rises in Asia” by Greg Sheridan dated April 26, 2008 published by The Australian at http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23599516-7583,00.html .

Treading Softly in the Philippines” by Max Boot and Richard Bennet dated January 5, 2009 published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/956zznwj.asp .

The Importance of India” by Duncan Currie dated January 15, 2009 published by The weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/008yukki.asp .

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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=.

APEC: The Keystone to U.S. Asian Policy” by Claude Barfield dated November 13, 2009 published by The American Magazine at http://www.american.com/archive/2009/november/apec-the-keystone-to-u-s-asian-policy .

China’s View of South Asia and the Indian Ocean” by Dean Cheng dated March 18, 2010 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Lecture/China-s-View-of-South-Asia-and-the-Indian-Ocean .

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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 .

What’s at Stake for America” by Walter Lohman dated October 8, 2014 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/10/2014-asia-update-whats-at-stake-for-america .

 

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