Publication Date

Spring 4-27-2011


Helms School of Government


Government: International Studies

Primary Subject Area

Economics, Commerce - Business; Geography; History, Asia, Australia and Oceania; Political Science, International Law and Relations


China, Asia, Policy, Tasha, Haug, People's Republic of, economic, foreign policy, Asia-Pacific, Pacific, US government, South Asia, strategic, rise of China, Obama, Taiwan, Beijing, Washington, policy makers


Asian Studies | International and Area Studies | International Business | International Law | International Relations | International Trade | Other Political Science | Politics


The People’s Republic of China is an indispensable political and economic force in Asia. With the majority of the United States’ foreign economic interests invested in the Asia-Pacific region, the leading role that China is taking is a major concern. The Asia-Pacific region is strategically important to the US. How US policy makers craft foreign policy toward Asia has a direct impact on US involvement in the region. Unless the US becomes more invested in Asia, develops a comprehensive understanding of China’s role in the region, and proactively pursue strategic relationships, US influence in Asian affairs will become a thing of the past. This paper will explore the growing economic role that China is playing in the Asia region, and provide future foreign policy recommendations for the US government.