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  1. Auslin, Michael R.
    Asian Overview: Protecting American Interests in China and Asia.
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, March 31, 2011, 14 pages.
    "American investment in maintaining a presence and influence in Asia is valuable because there is no region on Earth more vital to long-term prosperity and stability for the United States." (From AEI)

  2. Campbell, Kurt M.
    Asia Overview: Protecting American Interests in China and Asia.
    (Assistant Secretary Campbell's Testimony at House Hearing on Asia)
    U.S. Department of State, March 31, 2011, 10 pages.
    "It is clear that America's success in the 21st century is tied to the success of the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. As Secretary Clinton has noted, much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia. There is no question that the region's influence is growing and holds the key to our shared future. Asian nations are vital to the life-blood of the global economy." (From U.S. Department of State)

  3. Green, Michael J.
    Tokyo's Turning Point: How Will the March 11 Disaster Change Japan?
    Foreign Affairs, April 9, 2011, 4 pages.
    "The longer-term impact of the disaster is already a topic of major debate. The first question is whether the events of March 11 will prompt Japan to introduce a more dynamic economic growth strategy, as opposed to the overly protective approach of the past decades that often stifled innovation and competition. " (From Foreign Affairs)

  4. Shambaugh, David.
    "Coping with a Conflicted China."
    The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2011, pp. 7-27.
    "China's increasingly tough and truculent posture is, in part, the product of an ongoing intensive internal debate. China remains a deeply conflicted rising power, and understanding its series of competing international identities is crucial to anticipating Beijing's behavior on the world stage. " (From the Washington Quarterly)

  5. Shapiro, Andrew J.
    U.S. Approaches to Counter-Piracy.
    U.S. Department of State, March 30, 2011, 7 pages.
    "Yet the modern day implications of piracy are now global in scope. In today's globalized age the problem of piracy is one that affects not just individual countries or shipping companies but potentially the entire global economy. We live in an era of complex and integrated global supply chains where people in countries around the world depend on safe and reliable shipping lanes for their food, their energy, their medicine, and basic consumer goods. By threatening one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, piracy off the Horn of Africa threatens not just specific ships, but has broader strategic implications." (From U.S. Department of State)

  6. Weitz, Richard.
    China's Current and Emerging Foreign Policy Priorities.
    Hudson Institute, April 13, 2011, 10 pages.
    "Since the end of the Cold War, the improved political and economic relationship between Beijing and Moscow has affected a range of international security issues. China and Russia have expanded their bilateral economic and security cooperation. In addition, they have pursued distinct, yet parallel, policies regarding many global and regional issues." (From Hudson Institute)

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  1. 美國在台協會處長司徒文,高雄美國商會「2011迎春宴」致詞講稿,2011年3月17日。
    Remarks by AIT Director William A. Stanton at the 2011 American Chamber of Commerce in Kaohsiung "Ying Chun Yan" March 17, 2011.
    OT-1105, April 6, 2011, 3 pages.
    "I'm delighted to be here in Kaohsiung at the beautiful E-Da World Crowne Plaza Hotel to attend Amcham Kaohsiung's second annual 'Ying Chun Yan,' a wonderful new tradition that attests to Amcham Kaohsiung's renewed vitality and the superb cooperation it receives from the people of southern Taiwan." (From AIT)

  2. 2010 Human Rights Reports: Taiwan.
    《2010年度各國人權報告》── 臺灣部分。
    OT-1106, April 8, 2011, 30 pages.
    "Taiwan's population of 23 million is governed by a president and parliament chosen in multiparty elections. International observers considered the January 2008 legislative elections and the March 2008 presidential election, which Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang Party (KMT) won, free and fair. Security forces reported to civilian authorities.  Principal human rights problems reported were corruption, violence and discrimination against women and children, trafficking in persons, and abuses of foreign workers." (From AIT)

  3. Remarks by AIT Deputy Director Eric H. Madison at 2011 International Conference on Homeland Security, April 13, 2011.
    OT-1107, April 13, 2011, 3 pages.
    "The United States and Taiwan are major trading economies in an increasingly interdependent world, and because of this, we share a common interest in ensuring the exchange of goods, people and ideas. This has been the basis of our economic success." (From AIT)

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  1. Levin, Sander M.
    Reshaping US Trade Policy in a Globalizing Economy.
    Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 29, 2011,
    "The Administration should hold its ground and insist on movement of each of the various pieces of the trade agenda only as they are ready for action. It is the Republicans who are holding up action on trade issues, not the administration." (From Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  2. Levinson, Marc.
    'Hollowing Out' in U.S. Manufacturing: Analysis and Issues for Congress. 

    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March 23, 2011, 11 pages.
    "Recent data challenge the belief that the manufacturing sector, taken as a whole, will continue to flourish. Unlike previous expansions, the two most recent cyclical upturns in the U.S. economy have not generated jobs in manufacturing. Moreover, statistics suggest that domestic value represents a diminishing share of the value of U.S. factory output." (From CRS Report)

  3. Moran, Theodore H.
    Foreign Manufacturing Multinationals and the Transformation of the Chinese Economy: Faustian Bargain to Trade Technology for Access? 
    Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 31, 2011, 2 pages.
    "What is the relationship between foreign manufacturing multinational corporations (MNCs) and the expansion of indigenous technological and managerial technological capabilities among Chinese firms? How are foreign manufacturing MNCs changing the skill intensity of activities and the extent of value-added of operations within the domestic Chinese economy?" (From Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics)


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  1. Andrews, Anthony and Robert Pirog.
    The Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Refined Product Reserves: Authorization and Drawdown Policy.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, 15 pages.
    "The Government Accountability Office recently observed that the proportion of crude oil grades in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve has been growing less compatible with the heavier grades of crude oil that U.S. refineries have been upgrading to handle. This finding has raised questions about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve's effectiveness during a long-term oil disruption involving heavy oil." (From CRS Report)

  2. Maletz, Frank W.
    "From Hospital to Healthspital." 
    The Futurist, March/April 2011, pp. 16-19.
    "Hospitals should not simply be places where people go to get well (or, worse, where they go to die).  Future hospitals could become wellness information centers and proactive partners in community well-being, says a practicing orthopedic surgeon." (From the Futurist)

  3. Perry, Marc J.
    New Portrait of America: First 2010 Census Briefs.
    U.S. Department of State, April 5, 2011, 11 pages.
    "What I'm going to be talking about with you for the next few minutes are some of the early findings from the 2010 Census with respect to population growth, population decline, and just basic redistribution of the population over the last ten years. I'm going to begin with a very quick recap of national level trends and then sort of drill down geographically from there, so looking at Census regions, states, metropolitan areas, and large cities." (From U.S. Department of State)

  4. Woolf, Amy E.
    U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues.
    (CRS Report for Congress)
    Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March 10, 2011, 30 pages.
    "This report reviews the ongoing programs that will affect the expected size and shape of the U.S. strategic nuclear force structure. It begins with an overview of this force structure during the Cold War, and summarizes the reductions and changes that have occurred since 1991." (From CRS Report)


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  1. CdeBaca, Luis.
    Combating Human Trafficking in Asia.
    U.S. Department of State, April 7, 2011, 4 pages.
    "While some countries in Asia have passed legislation to prohibit trafficking, governments as a whole have not yet shown the political will to hold the traffickers to the fullest account by imposing sentences commensurate with the severity of the crimes." (From U.S. Department of State)

  2. Fallows, James.
    "Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media."
    The Atlantic, April 2011, pp. 34-49.
    "We know all the old arguments about the faults of the new media.  But as coverage of the Egyptian uprising shows, the digital landscape is also alive with possibilities.  We should make our peace with it now -- while we have a choice." (From the Atlantic)

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