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On June 22, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize winner in 1991 “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” in Burma, testified before the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Her testimony was delivered via video message (below); an empty chair was reserved in her...

Fast and Furious: Asia-Pacific Fastest Growing Market for US Exports

by Grace Ruch
In his weekly address prior to his State of the Union speech in which he pledged to double exports by 2014, President Obama focused on job growth through trade. “If we’re serious about fighting for American jobs and American businesses, one of the most important things we can do is...
Japan’s economy faces short term challenges in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and longer term challenges related to its debt, aging population, and economic malaise, but the country nevertheless continues to remain an important partner of the United States. Such were the...
In the days immediately following the Great Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disasters on March 11, business analysts predicted a drop in US exports to Japan in some sectors. However as Japan begins its long road to recovery, state economies may enjoy a boost in trade...
In the weeks following the March 11 Great Tohoku Earthquake, Japan’s importance as a link in the global supply chain was felt across the United States and the world. General Motors temporarily closed plants in Louisiana due to lack of Japan-made parts, and high-tech American companies...
Over the last twenty years, US trade volume with Southeast Asia has tripled, from $45.9 billion in 1990 to $176 billion in 2010. During the same period, total US foreign trade also tripled, from $889 billion to $3.12 trillion.

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