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Asia and U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States has long term national interests and vital engagements with many countries in Asia, the sub-continent, and the Pacific Rim. This page includes key links and resources exploring those relationships as well as the role of U.S. foreign policy in various regional issues and organizations including the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Asia Pacific Economic Council, and more.
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Obama Reaffirms Asia-Pacific Defense Pacts
In his April 2014 Asia-Pacific trip, US President Barack Obama reaffirmed America's mutual defense obligations with Japan, including backing its claims to the Senkaku Islands against China.

Tragedy, Fear Overshadow Obama 2014 Asia Trip
Tragedies and threats overshadowed Barack Obama's 2014 Asia-Pacific trip.

Perry Opens Japan
Commodore Matthew Perry opens trade with Japan and sets the stage for 160 years of US-Japanese foreign policy.

Ukraine Deal; Or Is It No Deal?
US Secretary of State John Kerry announces a deal to de-escalate tension in Ukraine, but US President Barack Obama is skeptical.

B-52s Over East China Sea
U.S. demonstrates opposition to Chinese "air defense zone" over disputed islands by flying B-52s through the area.

China, Japan Chastise U.S. On Budget Crisis

Kerry's "Apology Tour"

Caroline Kennedy, Ambassador?
President Obama nominates Caroline Kennedy to be U.S. Ambassador to Japan. She has no professional diplomatic experience, but she has a wealth of other assets.

Kerry Visits East Asia
In April 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited China, Japan, and South Korea in a trip that reaffirmed the nations' commitment a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

North Korean Threats Go On
The United States responded in early April 2013 to North Korean threats by renewing defense ties with South Korea and repositioning missile defense systems in Guam.

Missile Defense and Diplomacy
The U.S. plans to strengthen its missile defenses against North Korean threats in a move that may also reassure Russia about Eastern European missile defense plans.

U.S., Chinese Policies Toward North Korea
A look at U.S. and Chinese policies toward North Korea.

What Is The Korean War Armistice That North Korea Just Invalidated?
On March 11, 2013, North Korea declared the Korean War armistice invalid. Here is a look at the Korean War, the armistice, and American foreign policies involved in both.

North Korea Threatens To Engulf Washington in "Sea of Fire"
On March 7, 2013, North Korea threatened to engulf Washington D.C. in a "sea of fire" with a nuclear missile attack after the United Nations strengthened sanctions against the communist country.

Operation Cope North And Budgetary Sequestration
Two events in February 2013 -- one an extensive set of allied maneuvers in the Pacific, the other a Washington budget battle -- tugged at both ends of American military readiness.

North Korea Triggers Third Nuclear Test
On February 12, 2013, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, angering the U.S., U.N. and other members of the international community.

Clinton Leaves, Kerry Sworn In, Ankara Embassy Bombed
On February 1, 2013, Hillary Clinton officially resigned at United States Secretary of State, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was sworn in as her replacement, and a suicide bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

New Sanctions Against North Korea
North Korea's war of words over its missile program heated up once again in late January 2013. Responding to a December 2012, North Korean missile launch in violation of international mandate, the United Nations on January 22 levied another round of sanctions against the communist country. In turn, North Korea vowed retaliation against South Korea and the United States.

The Geneva Accords, 1954
The Geneva Accords of 1954 were an attempt to end eight years of fighting between France and Vietnam. They did that, but they also set the stage for the American phase of fighting in Southeast Asia.

The United States In Vietnam
A brief look at the American policies and ideologies that plunged the U.S. into the Vietnam War.

Henry Kissinger, Seretary Of State For Nixon And Ford
Henry Kissinger is one of the most reconizable, and controversial, of America's modern secretaries of state.

The Christmas Bombing
The Christmas season of 1972 brought a brutal American air campaign over North Vietnam. Known as the Christmas Bombing, it was President Richard Nixon's practice of foreign policy by force.

Obama Makes First Presidential Visit To Burma
From November 17 to November 20, 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled through Southeast Asia, shoring up U.S. relations there. The trip included the first ever visits by a U.S. president to Burma (Myanmar) and Cambodia.

Clinton's Apology To Pakistan
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologizes to Pakistan for a November 2011 incident that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, but her apology has diplomatic wiggle room.

FDI Between China And The United States
Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States is lower than many people think.

U.S. and Russia Hold Bilateral Meeting At G20
U.S.-Russian bilateral meeting to highlight Russian stance on Syria, Afghanistan.

Good Will, Trade Characterize U.S.-Vietnam Relations
Nearly forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States and Vietnam are enjoying a period of diplomatic and economic good will.

What Do You Think Of Nixon Now?
Richard Nixon is best known for Watergate and his resignation from the U.S. presidency. Still, he was an adroit foreign policy expert, and he skillfully laid a cornerstone of the Communist collapse by opening U.S. relations with China and starting "detente" with the Soviet Union. Eighteen years after his death, is history now kinder to Nixon...

Nixon Goes To China
President Richard Nixon went to China in 1972, paving the way for normalized relations between the two countries.

Profile: U.S. Ambassador To China Gary Locke
A profile of Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China.

The Chen Guangcheng Diplomatic Incident
The Chen Guangcheng diplomatic incident threatened to disrupt U.S.-Chinese relations in the first week of May 2012, just as U.S. President Barack Obama was re-orienting American foreign policy interests to deal with Chinese hegemony in the Asia Pacific region, and as the president was officially launching his 2012 re-election campaign.

U.S., Japan Strike Deal On Okinawa Troops
The United States and Japan have struck an agreement to move 9,000 U.S. Marines from the prefecture of Okinawa to Guam.

India Successfully Fires Nuclear Capable Missile
India successfully fires an Agni-V missile on April 19, but unlike the response to North Korea's recent attempt at a missile launch, no one is too upset.

North Korea Loses Missile and Food Aid
The United States has cut promised food aid to North Korea in the wake of that country's failed missile launch on April 12, 2012.

North Korea Missle Watch
The United States and the international community were on North Korea missile watch in mid-April 2012 as that country announced plans to launch a satellite into orbit.

Burma Election Signals Continued Reform
Elections in Burma signal continued reform in that country and form a central part of Obama's U.S. plan for the Asia Pacific.

State Department Lends Name To Earhart Search
U.S. State Department backs a privately funded search to find Amelia Earhart's 1937 crash site.

Denuclearization After Kim Jong Il
Is Korean denuclearization more or less likely after the death of Kim Jong Il?

The United States and Japan Before World War II
On December 7, 1941, nearly 90 years of American-Japanese diplomatic relations spiraled into World War II in the Pacific. That descent is the story of how the foreign policies of the two nations backed each other into situations they could only solve with war.

Obama's November 2011 Asia-Pacific Trip
United States President Barack Obama spent much of November 2011 shoring up U.S. trade, diplomatic, and military interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

U.S. Sees Positive Trends In Burma
Modest reforms in Burma signal Clinton visit.

U.S. Relations With Taiwan
A brief look at foreign relations between the U.S. and Taiwan and how those relations have effected the relationship between the U.S. and China.

China Lectures US Over Debt Crisis
China lectured the United States over its debt crisis on August 6, 2011, just a day after Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. debt rating.

Tibetan Policy Act of 2002
President Obama's July 16, 2011, meeting with the Dalai Lama begs the question: what is U.S. foreign policy toward Tibet?

The US-Burmese Relationship
Burma is largely unknown to Americans, but the United States government considers it one of the most repressive places in the world.

The U.S.-China Relationship
A profile of the relationship between the United States and China.

Timeline of U.S.-Chinese Relations
A look at the US-China relationship from 1844 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy

The Relationship of the United States with India
A profile of the relationship between the United States and India, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.

The Relationship of the United States with Japan
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Japan, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.

Timeline of U.S.-Japanese Relations
A look at the US-Japan relationship from 1854 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy

The US-North Korean Relationship
North Korea is considered one of the biggest threats to global piece and is a long-time adversary of the United States.

Timeline of U.S.-North Korean Relations
A look at the US-North Korean relationship from 1950 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy

The US-South Korean Relationship
Background on the US-South Korea Relationship from Keith Porter - your About Guide to US Foreign Policy

A Victory for Diplomacy in Korea
A look at the diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy

The Relationship of the United States with Pakistan
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Pakistan, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.

The Relationship of the United States with Russia
A profile of the relationship between the United States and Russia, from About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy Keith Porter.

Timeline of U.S.-Russian Relations
A look at the US-Russian relationship from 1922 to present, from Keith Porter--your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy

Progress and Pratfalls in U.S.- Russian Relations
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has her fist meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, from Keith Porter, your About.com Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S.-China Relations: An Affirmative Agenda, A Responsible Course
An in-depth Council on Foreign Relations report from Carla A. Hills, Dennis C. Blair, and Frank Sampson Jannuzi.

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
This section of the U.S. State Department handles U.S. relations with over two dozen countries from China to Japan to Australia.

Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
This section of the U.S. State Department handles U.S. relations with over a dozen countries from Khazakstan to Pakistan to India.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum joins together 21 large economies (including the United States) which surround the Pacific Ocean. It is a prominent part of U.S. engagement with Asian economies.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is an important regional group with ten member-states.

Economic Engagement with North Korea
Brad Babson, a former World Bank official and expert on Asian affairs, examines the economic consequences of North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and the U.N. actions in response.

The United States and Japan After World War II
After suffering devastating casualties at each others' hands during World War II, the U.S. and Japan were able to forge a strong diplomatic alliance. The U.S. State Department still refers to the American-Japanese relationship as "the cornerstone of U.S. security interests in Asia and . . . fundamental to regional stability and prosperity."

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