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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.

Featured Initiatives


Recommendations to ensure beneficial and sustainable BRI outcomes.
Wendy Cutler calls on the Asia Pacific to lead trade reforms in this latest ASPI issue paper.
North Korea’s next weapon of choice is likely to be cyber, writes Daniel Russel in this ASPI report.
Wendy Cutler makes the case for a collaborative approach to addressing concerns with China's state-led economic model.
Issue paper highlighting areas for closer economic cooperation between the U.S. and South Korea.
A compendium of six speeches by ASPI President Kevin Rudd on the increasingly fraught ties between the U.S and China.
ASPI report on carbon market cooperation and linkage in Northeast Asia.
ASPI report outlining ways to foster regional trade and carbon market cooperation between China, Japan, and South Korea.
AidData report analyzing China's public diplomacy and its impact in East Asia.


Kevin Rudd on Asia in 2020: A Year Full of Challenges For the Asia-Pacific
Current Affairs
 /  Southern California
Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia; President, Asia Society Policy Institute, delivers a keynote at the 2019 U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit.
Wendy Cutler
 /  Northern California
The Asia Society Policy Institute vice president frames the key issues at stake with China's sweeping industrial policy.
Xi Jinping and Donald Trump
The former Australian prime minister previews a "big year" for Sino-American ties.

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