East Asia is likely to grow in economic importance to the United States in coming years, but that makes it even more essential for Washington to simultaneously reduce the military burden on the American economy and force its trading partners to bear the full cost of their own defense. Otherwise U.S. firms will have difficulty taking advantage of expanding economic opportunities in the region.

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Commentary

Is America about to Make a Fatal Mistake in the South China Sea?

By Ted Galen Carpenter. National Interest (Online). May 18, 2015.

New Defense Guidelines with Japan Threaten U.S. Confrontation with China

By Doug Bandow. China-US Focus. May 5, 2015.

North Korea: Evil, but Not a Terrorist State

By Doug Bandow. National Interest (Online). May 4, 2015.

Cato Studies

Chinese Free Trade Is No Threat to American Free Trade

By Simon Lester. Free Trade Bulletin No. 60. April 22, 2015.

Will Nonmarket Economy Methodology Go Quietly into the Night? U.S. Antidumping Policy toward China after 2016

By K. William Watson. Policy Analysis No. 763. October 28, 2014.

Political Reform in China: Elections, Public Goods, and Income Distribution

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Articles

The Contradictions of U.S. China Policy: Implications for the U.S. Air Force

Justin Logan. The Asia-Pacific Century: Challenges and Opportunities. 2013.

U.S. Policy toward the Two Koreas after the U.S. and ROK Elections in 2012

Doug Bandow. International Journal of Korean Studies. Vol. 16. No. 2. Winter 2012.

Promoting Long-Term Economic Growth: America and East Asia Working Together

Doug Bandow. International Journal of Korean Studies. Spring 2010.

Cato Reviews & Journals

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The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power

Featuring Justin Logan. May 26, 2015. Book Forum.

The Logic of the Market: An Insider’s View of Chinese Economic Reform

Featuring Xia Yeliang and James A. Dorn. January 22, 2015. Book Forum.

DEAR READER: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il

Featuring Caleb O. Brown. March 21, 2014. Book Forum.

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