Bush, Richard C., III.
China-Taiwan: Recent Economic, Political, and Military
Developments Across the Strait, and Implications for the United
The Brookings Institution, March 18, 2010, 6 pages.
"Clarifying the trajectory of China-Taiwan relations is one of
the more pressing analytical challenges facing the two parties
concerned and the United States. The hope is that the outcome
can be beneficial for all parties concerned, and certainly for
the people of Taiwan. The worry is that trends will work against
one or more of the parties and create a suboptimal situation."
(From the Brookings Institution)
Kaplan, Robert D.
"The Geography of Chinese Power: How Far Can Beijing Reach on
Land and at Sea?"
Foreign Affairs, May/June 2010, 14 pages.
"Thanks to the country's favorable location on the map, China's
inﬂuence is expanding on land and at sea, from Central Asia to
the South China Sea and from the Russian Far East to the Indian
Ocean. " (From Foreign Affairs)
Clarke, Christopher M.
Xinjiang - Where China's Worry Intersects the World.
YaleGlobal Online, March 19, 2010, 3 page.
"The recent killing of a Uighur terrorist in Afghanistan has
brought new focus on the ethnic group in China's western border
region of Xinjiang. The situation of the Uighurs - an ethnic
Turkic, Muslim minority - reveals much about China's internal
conduct and external worries." (From YaleGlobal)
Nau, Henry R.
"Obama's Foreign Policy."
Policy Review, April/May 2010, 9 pages.
"Under President Barack Obama, U.S. foreign policy has swung
decisively in the opposite direction. Now, U.S. security
interests matter more than democracy, force is a last resort,
substantial regulations are needed to end the booms and busts of
global capitalism, and multilateralism is the sine qua non of
U.S. diplomacy." (From Hoover Institution)
"How to Think About China."
Time, April, 19, 2010, 10 pages.
"As Barack Obama prepares to meet China's leader, Hu Jintao, the
U.S. needs to find a fresh way of dealing with the new
superpower. Here's how to do it." (From Time)
Brown, David G.
Thinking about a Future DPP Government.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 23, 2010,
"Fresh from recent electoral victories and with hopes of more to
come, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is beginning
to think about the possibility of returning to government."
(From Center for Strategic and International Studies)
Global Leaders Endorse Securing of All Nuclear Material by
America.gov, April 13, 2010, 2 pages.
"Following two days of meetings in Washington, leaders from
around the world agreed to take tangible and meaningful steps to
secure the world's nuclear materials." (From America.gov)
Obama, Barack and others.
Announcement of the New START Treaty.
U.S. Department of State, March 26, 2010, 10 pages.
"Good morning, everybody. I just concluded a productive phone
call with President Medvedev. And I'm pleased to announce that
after a year of intense negotiations, the United States and
Russia have agreed to the most comprehensive arms control
agreement in nearly two decades." (From U.S. Department of
Obama's Closing Remarks, Press Conference at Nuclear
(He thanks leaders, says world will be more secure after
America.gov, April 13, 2010, 10 pages.
"I want to thank all who participated in this historic summit --
49 leaders from every region of the world. Today's progress was
possible because these leaders came not simply to talk, but to
take action; not simply to make vague pledges of future action,
but to commit to meaningful steps that they are prepared to
implement right now." (From America.gov)
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Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communications Review: Key
Issues for Congressional Oversight.
The Heritage Foundation, March 22, 2010, 2 pages.
"How the U.S. government communicates with the world-explaining
policies, presenting facts about American life and values,
promoting the national interest by helping foreign audiences
understand America-is a matter of no small importance." (From
the Heritage Foundation)
Remarks by AIT Director William A. Stanton at the
2010 American Chamber of Commerce in Kaohsiung "Ying
Chun Yan." (April 15, 2010)
OT-1009, April 19, 2010, 4 pages.
"As you know, AmCham Taipei has a wonderful tradition
each year called Hsieh Nien Fan. One month ago, I had
the pleasure of attending the 2010 Hsieh Nien Fan along
with President Ma Ying-jeou. During my remarks that
night, I underscored AIT's determination to strengthen
U.S.-Taiwan economic relations, resist trade
protectionism, promote people-to-people links and
support enhanced cross-strait economic ties. Tonight,
I'm pleased to bring this proactive message of
cooperation to southern Taiwan." (From AIT)
Remarks by AIT Director William A. Stanton at the
2010 International Conference on Homeland Security.
OT-1011, April 28, 2010, 3 pages.
"Ms. Silver brings valuable knowledge and insight into
the policymaking issues surrounding homeland security. I
know we all look forward to hearing the contributions
she and other policy specialists will make in later
discussions at this conference." (From AIT)
2010 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign
Trade Barriers: Taiwan.
of the U.S. Trade Representative, March 2010, 6 pages.
The U.S. goods trade deficit with Taiwan was $9.9
billion in 2009, down $1.5 billion from 2008. U.S. goods
exports in 2009 were $18.4 billion, down 26.1 percent
from the previous year. Corresponding U.S. imports from
Taiwan were $28.4 billion, down 21.9 percent. Taiwan is
currently the 15th largest export market for U.S.
goods." (From the USTR)
2010 Report on Technical Barriers to Trade: Taiwan.
of the U.S. Trade Representative, March 31, 2010,
"The United States discusses TBT matters with Taiwan
during, and on the margins of TBT Committee meetings. In
addition, in September 2009 the United States and Taiwan
held a successful Total Economic Engagement (TEE) event
in Taiwan under the auspices of the U.S.-Taiwan
Competitiveness Forum." (From the USTR)
Bernanke, Ben S.
Economic Policy: Lessons from History.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April
8, 2010, 7 pages.
"The first lesson--economic prosperity depends on
financial stability--seems obvious, but this connection
was not always well understood. After the stock market
crash of 1929, many thought a financial and economic
crisis was necessary--even desirable--to wring out
speculative excesses that had built up in the 1920s."
(From Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)
Cooper, William H.
The Future of U.S. Trade Policy: An Analysis of
Issues and Options for the 111th Congress.
Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March
24, 2010, 21 pages.
"The future direction of trade policy and how the issues
will be addressed are unclear at this time and the
subject of sharp debate within Congress, the
Administration, and the trade policy community at
large." (From CRS Report)
Ikenson, Daniel J.
Appreciate This: Chinese Currency Rise Will Have a
Negligible Effect on the Trade Deficit.
Cato Institute, March 24, 2010, 6 pages.
"Many economists believe that the Renminbi is
undervalued, but there is disagreement about the
magnitude. Disagreement is to be expected. After all,
nobody can know the true value of the RMB unless, and
until, it is allowed to float freely and restrictions on
China's capital account are removed." (From Cato
Keating, Susan C.
"Trust Deficit: A Challenge We Must Face Even After
Economy Grows Strong."
Vital Speeches of the Day, April 2010, pp.
"Today, in America, we have a crisis of confidence.
The crisis is marked by a general erosion of trust in
almost every significant institution and in the quality
of leadership in both business and government." (From
Vital Speeches of the Day)
Global Economic Prospects for 2010 and 2011:
Global Recovery Continues.
Peterson Institute for International Economics, April 8,
2010, 13 pages.
"The V-shaped recovery forecast a year ago at the depths
of the great global recession of 2008-09 is now clearly
under way, and my global real GDP growth forecast for
2010 is boosted to 4.5 percent (from 3.7 percent last
April and 4.2 percent last September). For 2011, growth
is projected to continue at about the same rate as this
year" (From Peterson Institute for International
Kaiser, Frederick M.
Congressional Oversight of Intelligence: Current Structure
Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March 29,
"This report first describes the Select Committees on
Intelligence and then the former Joint Committee on Atomic
Energy, often cited as a model for a counterpart on
intelligence. The study also sets forth proposed characteristics
for a joint committee on intelligence, differences among these,
and their pros and cons." (From CRS Report)
The National Debt: Who Bears Its Burden?
Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March 12,
2010, 15 pages.
"Although economists have long recognized that a national debt
imposes an inescapable burden on a nation, they have debated
whether the burden is borne by the generation who contracts the
debt or is shifted forward to future generations. There has also
been some controversy over the nature of the burden." (From CRS
Mayer, Matt and Mark DeBosier.
Federalizing Disasters Weakens FEMA--and Hurts Americans
Hit by Catastrophes.
The Heritage Foundation, April 13, 2010, 8 pages.
"The "federalization of disasters" misdirects vital resources,
leaving localities, states, and the federal government in a
lose-lose situation. FEMA policies must be overhauled to let
localities handle smaller, localized disasters, and to allow
FEMA to respond fully and effectively when it is truly needed.
If the status quo continues, it will be a disaster for
everyone." (From the Heritage Foundation)
The State of Journalism.
Project for Excellence in Journalism, April 12, 2010, 6 pages.
"Most media executives do not see a bright future for
journalism. Still, newspaper leaders are more optimistic than
their partners in broadcast. Finding revenue is a giant problem,
but there is strong resistance to taking government or advocacy
dollars." (From Project for Excellence in Journalism)
Madison, Eric H.
A Test of our Resolve.
Liberty Times, April 2, 2010, 2 pages.
"Over the course of the past two and a half months, we have all
seen the images of despair and suffering, but also the images of
resolve, resilience and joy of life on the part of the Haitian
people. We must not let the efforts in Haiti fade with the media
coverage." (From AIT)
Executive Summary from Who's Winning the Clean Energy
Race?: Growth, Competition and Opportunity in the World's
Pew Charitable Trusts, March 24, 2010, 2 pages.
"For the first time, China led the United States and other G-20
members in 2009 clean energy investments and finance, according
to the data. China invested $34.6 billion in the clean energy
economy, nearly double the United States' total of $18.6
billion. Over the last five years, the United States also
trailed five G-20 members, Turkey, Brazil, China, the United
Kingdom, and Italy, in the rate of clean energy investment
growth." (From Pew Charitable Trusts)
Peacekeeping: Setting the Stage for Stability.
"Join State Department program officer Chris Upchurch
for an update on how the United States is partnering
with nearly 60 countries and international organizations
to meet a growing global demand for international
peacekeepers through the Global Peace Operations
Initiative (GPOI)." (From America.gov)