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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Chinese Intrusions into American Universities: Consequences for Freedom

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