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


Work with China to Bring North Korea into the International System

By Doug Bandow. China-US Focus. October 4, 2018.

Sanctions on China’s Military Are Needless and Provocative

By Ted Galen Carpenter. China-US Focus. September 27, 2018.

Let Americans Visit North Korea Now

By Doug Bandow. American Conservative. September 27, 2018.

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.


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.

The Korea Syndrome: An Examination of War-Weariness Theory

Brad Stapleton. Journal of Cold War Studies. Vol. 17. No. 3. Summer 2015.

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.


#CatoConnects: After the North Korea Summit

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

How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?

Featuring Governor Bill Richardson, Joe Cirincione, Suzanne DiMaggio, Eric Gomez, Joshua Pollack, Michael Auslin, Doug Bandow, John Glaser, Rajan Menon, & Ted Galen Carpenter. November 6, 2017. Conference.

Terror, Propaganda and the Birth of the “New Man”: Experiences from Cuba, North Korea, and the Soviet Union

Featuring Andrei Illarionov, Marian L. Tupy, Andrei Lankov, & Yuri Pérez. October 16, 2017. Policy Forum.


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.