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America critical role in the up coming Asia 2014 and beyond
(Editorial Department)

Data & Chart Produced by
The Asian Studies Center

The Heritage Foundation
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Washington, D.C.
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(202) 546-4400
No. 685




Washington’s foreign policy in Asia plays a remarkable consistency of U.S. foreign and trade policies eversince the pacific war. This is due to one immutable factor like American national interests. When U.S. policy moves away from its national interest, not only does it cease to serve its primary purpose, but it becomes unstable and threatening to peace, security, and prosperity.


It is in the cause of furthering American interests that “The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center once again offers a snapshot of America’s stake in the Pacific and the environment in which US foreign policy, defense, and commercial establishments operate”.

US stake inherently is material. The following charts illustrate the well-known situation of Pacific economic dynamism and integration from investment to trade to finance. Its illustrate the magnitude of Asia’s investments in the U.S. and how they relate to one another. Today’s


headlines may be about China’s investments in the U.S., and in fact, they are growing rapidly, but those investments are catching up by those of US ally Japan. The charts speak to China’s outward investment, with original research taken from a product Heritage developed and manages with the American Enterprise Institute, the China Investment Tracker. And for the first time, the charts present a fuller picture of regional value chains by capturing the services trade.


US stake is value-based. It is the nature of American foreign policy, deeply imbedded in US history and tradition, that US commitment to freedom does not stop at the borders. The U.S. has a fundamental interest in economic as well as human liberty. America alone cannot act on it, prudently, but for its own sake and for the sake of all of US interests, because over the long term all our interests are most secure in a world that shares US values. The charts look at the state of economic freedom in the Asia. For this reason, there are again representations of several threats in the region, including proliferation of arms, size of the armed forces in the region, territorial disputes, and disposition of the U.S. forces that have kept the peace for the past 70 years.


Long before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared America’s “pivot” to the Pacific, the U.S. was deeply involved in the affairs of the region. Not just its foreign affairs, but its “internal affairs.” We are so deeply engaged because we are a Pacific nation, connected to Asia by the sea. Americans know that it is in the long-term interest of liberty and our material interests that we remain principally and vigorously committed to Asia. This year’s chart book once again seeks to demonstrate the substance and rationale for that


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