Economic and Trade Relations

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam. Since 1995, U.S.-Vietnam economic and trade relations have rapidly expanded. Just last year, the United States was Vietnam’s 2nd largest trading partner (after China) and Vietnam was the United States’ 13th largest trading partner.[1] In 2019, bilateral trade between the two countries increased by almost 32% and the U.S. trade deficit with Vietnam rose to approximately $56 billion, which is an increase of 42% over 2018.[1]


Total merchandise trade between Vietnam and the United States has risen $1.5…


Over the past decade, the plight of East Turkic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), formerly known as East Turkestan, has become closely intertwined with the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) overall record on human rights. Since 2014, these ethnic minorities, and particularly Uyghurs, have been targeted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for their beliefs and cultural practices and forced into reeducation and labor camps where millions have been subjected to brainwashing, torture, rape, forced injections sterilization, and even death.

The cultural genocide perpetuated by the Chinese state has mobilized much of the international community and…


The trilateral security alliance between the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Japan is the most consequential security alliance for the U.S. today outside of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO). The trilateral alliance traces its roots back to the Cold War when the U.S. made heavy military and economic investments in both nations following World War II and the Korean War that were primarily focused on containment of the Communist threat by balancing against regional actors including the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and North Korea. …


Taiwan, or the Republic of China (ROC), is a country in East Asia located off the southeast coast of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and separated from the mainland by the 110-mile-wide Taiwan Strait. After the country’s occupation by Imperial Japanese forces during WWII, the island fell under the control of the ROC which succeeded the Qing Dynasty in China in 1911. …

The “Quad” is a group made up of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. The Quad was initiated in 2006 to bring peaceful cooperation into the Indo Pacific and South China Sea (SCS) regions, focusing on free movement of trade between nations, disaster preparedness, and joint military exercises. The first iteration of the Quad did not materialize for several reasons, including lack of mission clarity, lack of member country commitment, and concerns with China’s reaction.

About 10 years after its collapse, the Quad reunited in November 2017.[1] This second iteration is the manifestation of several recent trends: increasing comfort…

“We will either import our nation's agriculture labor or we will import our nation’s food.” This quote was given to me by a produce farmer in my home state of Florida. If agricultural labor reform is not resolved soon this statement will become a reality. The United States Congress has failed to create a common sense dedicated Agriculture Guest Worker Program for over 30 years. The result is a hodgepodge of programs that don’t meet either the needs of our producers or that of the migrant that simply wants the opportunity to work in America.

Our producers advertise for domestic…

Uncovering China’s Subversion of Rules at the World Trade Organization

It is no secret that U.S.-China relations have soured significantly over the past decade. Economically, diplomatically, and militarily, our two nations have steered towards disagreement over compromise on many issues, despite living in a time where globalization has made the world seem like a much smaller place.

China deserves some praise for the economic progress it has recorded over the past 20 years, lifting millions out of poverty and into the middle class. Today, many in China enjoy a standard of living that would have been unthinkable just a few…

In mid-February, the MS Westerdam, a cruise ship with more than 2,000 passengers and crew on board, found itself stranded at sea. Concern surrounding the coronavirus pandemic was beginning to ramp up, and the ship was refused the right to dock by multiple Asian nations.

Finally, Cambodia stepped in and allowed the ship to dock in their country after being stranded at sea for two weeks. Government and health officials worked hand-in-hand with teams of State Department personnel for days in testing, processing, and transporting hundreds of American nationals to Phnom Penh, where they were able to safely fly home.

Rep. Ted S. Yoho (FL)

Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), DVM Former Lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, & Nonproliferation.

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