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


North Korea and America’s Second Summit

By Ted Galen Carpenter. National Interest (Online). February 6, 2019.

North Korea and America’s Second Summit

By Doug Bandow. National Interest (Online). February 6, 2019.

North Korea and America’s Second Summit

By William Ruger. National Interest (Online). February 6, 2019.

Cato Studies

Avoiding a Korean Calamity: Why Resolving the Dispute with Pyongyang Requires Keeping the Peace

By Doug Bandow. Policy Analysis No. 840. April 26, 2018.

Where’s the Beef? Finding a Better Way to Resolve U.S.-China Trade Conflicts

By Simon Lester and Huan Zhu. Free Trade Bulletin No. 71. November 8, 2017.

Responsible Stakeholders: Why the United States Should Welcome China’s Economic Leadership

By Colin Grabow. Policy Analysis No. 821. October 3, 2017.


Securing Energy from the Gulf amid Geopolitical Strife: Japan, South Korea, and the GCC

June Park and Emma Ashford. The Gulf States., Asia and the Indian Ocean: Ensuring the Security of the Sea Lanes. June 30, 2018.

Why Indonesia Must Embrace Liberal Economic Reforms

Steve H. Hanke. Strategic Review. Vol. 7. No. 4. October 2017.

US Toppled Suharto but Learned Little

Steve H. Hanke. OMFIF Bulletin. August 14, 2017.

Cato Reviews & Journals

China’s Great Migration: How the Poor Built a Prosperous Nation by Bradley M. Gardner

Daniel Griswold. Cato Journal. Winter 2018.

What I Learned in North Korea

Doug Bandow. Policy Report. November/December 2017.

The Little-Known Story of Milton Friedman in China

Julian Gewirtz. Policy Report. September/October 2017.


Dealing with North and South Korea: Can Washington Square the Circle?

Featuring Doug Bandow, Eric Gomez, Harry J. Kazianis, & Daniel L. Davis. February 15, 2019. Capitol Hill Briefing.

The New Gulag Archipelago: How China “Reeducates” the Uyghurs and Why the World Should Be Alarmed

Featuring Nury Turkel, Sophie Richardson, Sigal Samuel, & Mustafa Akyol. November 28, 2018. Policy Forum.

#CatoConnects: After the North Korea Summit

Featuring Doug Bandow, Eric Gomez, and Caleb O. Brown. June 13, 2018. Cato Connects.


The Competition for World Resources: China’s Demand for Commodities

By Daniel Griswold. February 8, 2007.

The Future of NAFTA: “Hecho en China”?

By Daniel Griswold. November 15, 2006.

China: Mega-Threat or Quiet Dragon

By Daniel J. Ikenson. March 6, 2006.