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Housing three of the world’s largest economies and most influential nations — China, Japan, and South Korea — as well as Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, and Taiwan — East Asia is a vital center of gravity in the Asia-Pacific. East Asia’s economic development has transformed the economic and strategic dynamic beyond Asia as well, boosting growth and trade across the globe. At the same time, festering historical disagreements, long-standing instability on the Korean Peninsula, enduring maritime disputes, and China’s growing military power raise a number of security concerns for the region and the world.

ASPI’s work on East Asia focuses on enhancing cooperation and dialogue within the region and between its countries and the United States. It also aims to develop mechanisms to enhance regional security, prosperity, and sustainability. For instance, ASPI is working to create a roadmap for linking carbon markets in China, Japan, and the South Korea to facilitate trilateral cooperation and their emissions reduction efforts. It is also engaged in a major initiative to decrease misperceptions and increase cooperation and trust between the U.S. and China. Through public events and expert commentary, ASPI also furthers understanding of the region in the rest of the world.

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ASPI report on carbon market cooperation and linkage in Northeast Asia.
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ASPI report outlining ways to foster regional trade and carbon market cooperation between China, Japan, and South Korea.
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AidData report analyzing China's public diplomacy and its impact in East Asia.
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Asia Society Policy Institute paper with recommendations for how to navigate an increasingly complex Asia-Pacific trade landscape in 2018.
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ASPI report on carbon market developments in China, Japan, and Korea and how linkages can be facilitated between these markets to pursue ambitious climate change policies.
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ASPI report on how to strengthen regional institutions in the Asia-Pacific to manage peace and security in increasingly turbulent times.
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In the wake of the recent U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, this ASPI report makes recommendations to bolster regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific.
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In his report for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, ASPI President Kevin Rudd recommends a common strategic narrative to guide the U.S.-China relationship.
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Alexander Metelitsa with the U.S. Energy Information Administration and Jeffrey Kupfer, 2014 Bernard Schwartz Fellow, provide an overview of the current reality and possibilities surrounding oil and gas in the South China Sea.

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Wendy Sherman explains why President Trump's assertion that he "trusts" Kim Jong Un is largely irrelevant to denuclearizing North Korea.
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A lack of progress toward CVID — concrete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization — marks a strategic victory for North Korea.
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What's next for U.S.-North Korea negotiations following the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore?

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