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 Law | Law and Politics | Other Political Science


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.