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.

More on East Asia

Commentary

Why US Allies Are Happy to Join China’s AIIB

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. The Diplomat. June 30, 2015.

How China and the United States Can Learn to Get Along

By Doug Bandow. National Interest (Online). June 24, 2015.

How Do You Fix a Problem Like Korea?

By Doug Bandow. Washington Examiner. June 22, 2015.

Cato Studies

State Capitalism vs. Private Enterprise

By Donghua Chen, Dequan Jiang, Alexander Ljungqvist, Haitian Lu, & Mingming Zhou. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 28. June 17, 2015.

Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: What Lies Ahead?

By Daniel J. Ikenson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 61. June 8, 2015.

Chinese Free Trade Is No Threat to American Free Trade

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

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

Defending Sweatshops

Pierre Lemieux. Regulation. Summer 2015.

The Power of Ideas and Leadership in China’s Transition to a Liberal Society

Weiying Zhang. Cato Journal. Winter 2015.

Lessons from China’s Great Famine

Mao Yushi. Cato Journal. Fall 2014.

Events

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.

Speeches