Trade & Investment


For first time, Asia matches US high-tech investment expenditure

by Aaron Siirila
For the first time in history, the Asian region in 2009 spent as much on research and development in science and technology (S&T) fields as the United States, the traditional leader in high technology investment.
Exporting its cultural assets is a booming business for Korea, and the figures are increasing annually. K-Pop and the Korean Wave don't only benefit Korea, however, but are generating plenty of revenue for the American entertainment industry as well.
On January 23rd in Washington, representatives of the US and Korean governments signed an agreement on environmental cooperation that is intended to be a partner agreement to the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement ratified last year.
According to recently released figures from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Southeast Asian foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States is making a recovery from the effects of the Global Financial Crisis. While Southeast Asia’s FDI stock in the...
Supporters of the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) have their fingers crossed that Members of Congress finally will approve legislation to implement the accord shortly after returning from their August recess.
This year, Deputy Chief of Mission Jim Zumwalt becomes the first US official to attend both the memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima on August 6 and in Nagasaki today, as Japan finds itself embroiled in another nuclear crisis as a result of the March 11 earthquake and...

A Round-up of US-Japan Trade Features

by Grace Ruch
Trade has been a central element of US-Japan relations, with its attendant ups and downs, for over 150 years. The Treaty of Kanagawa was the first agreement signed between the United States and Japan in 1854, the end result of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry’s famous...

The US Seafood Market and Southeast Asia

by Ray Hervandi
Southeast Asia is an increasingly important player in the US seafood market. Although stagnant fish stocks, growing demand for seafood products, and chronic overfishing are constraining mature fishery sectors, such as the United States’, the same trends are bringing...