WASHINGTON, D.C – In its latest edition,

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THE RIPON FORUM looks at “The Promise of the Pacific Rim” and the broader region of the Asia-Pacific, a region where 40% of the world’s population lives, 60% of the world’s GDP is produced, and where the world’s two leading economic powers are playing increasingly pivotal roles.

The relationship between the United States and China is the central and most profound relationship of our age,” writes the Rt Hon Mike Moore in the lead essay of the FORUM. “It will impact everyone, everywhere … And those who claim to fear China’s growth should think about the harm to our economies and our region of a slow growth, fractured and fractious China.”

Moore serves as New Zealand’s Ambassador to the U.S. and previously was the country’s Prime Minister. He is one of four leaders and thinkers who have penned essays on the Asia-Pacific for the latest edition of the centrist Republican journal. Also contributing a thought piece is former Congressman David Dreier, who now serves as Chairman of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands. “U.S. resurgence, and Chinese ascendance -- based on specific national strengths -- need not, and must not, be mutually exclusive,” he writes. “Those in either country who think otherwise misunderstand the nature of the problems and opportunities the world faces today.”

The latest edition of the FORUM also features an essay by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, who traveled to the Asia-Pacific region on a trade mission earlier this spring and writes about the benefits of the region not only to his state, but to the nation, as well. “Eight of Idaho’s top 10 export destinations are in the Asia-Pacific and more than $5.4 billion (nearly 90 percent) of Idaho’s $6.1 billion a year in exports can be attributed to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member nations,” Otter writes. “More than 60 percent of total U.S. exports are directed at this vital region. These statistics not only punctuate the importance of the Asia-Pacific for trade, but starkly highlight its strategic importance for our economic security.”

Brookings Institution scholar Richard Bush focuses on national security in another essay, one in which he examines China’s ascendance as a rising power and assesses the challenges it poses to the U.S. “The trajectory of China’s military modernization is so gradual that it will not have the ability to challenge the United States on a global basis for a long, long time,” states Bush, who serves as a Senior Fellow at Brookings and is the Director of the Institution’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies. “Still,” he offers, “the probability of military conflict is not zero, and its consequences would be profound.”

Other authors and essays appearing in the latest edition of THE RIPON FORUM include:

Virginia Congressman and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) -- writing about the Renewable Fuels Standard and how, “A policy that started with good intentions has resulted in a slew of unintended consequences.”

University of North Carolina Professor James H. Johnson, Jr. – writing about “The Demographic Case for Immigration Reform” and the fact that “immigrant newcomers” have been critical drivers of population growth in America over the past several years.

President of the United States Conference of Mayors Scott Smith – writing about his own experience as Mayor of Mesa, AZ and how mayors across America are learning that the success of a city is “directly connected to the long-term economic success of the businesses within the city.”

Indiana University Professors Denvil R. Duncan and John D. Graham – writing about America’s crumbling infrastructure and “why replacing the gasoline tax with a road use fee” could provide the Highway Trust Fund with a more stable source of revenue; and,

Author and former Federal Reserve staff member William Barnett – writing about the transparency of Fed decision-making and whether more openness would improve or compromise the quality of data being produced.

The latest edition of the FORUM also includes a profile of North Carolina Governor Pat McCory, who, among othe r things, discusses his biggest accomplishment in his previous job as Mayor of Charlotte and how he is working to increase offshore energy production in the state today.

THE RIPON FORUM is published by TheTHE RIPON FORUM is published by The Ripon Society, a public policy organization that was founded in 1962 and takes its name from the town where the Republican Party was born in 1854 – Ripon, Wisconsin. One of the main goals of The Ripon Society is to promote the ideas and principles that have made America great and contributed to the GOP’s success. These ideas include keeping our nation secure, keeping taxes low and having a federal government that is smaller, smarter and more accountable to the people.

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