2016 US Presidential Campaigns on Asia

The 2016 Presidential Campaigns on Asia tracker highlighted mentions of Asia Pacific issues by US presidential candidates and nominees in speeches, campaign documents, and debates.

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Hillary Clinton on Human Rights and Democracy in Asia

"Xi [Jinping] hosting a meeting on women's rights at the UN while persecuting feminists? Shameless." [Source] Twitter. September 7, 2015

“The Burmese election on Sunday was an important, though imperfect, step forward in the country’s long journey toward democracy. It was also an affirmation of the indispensable role the United States can and should play in the world as a champion of peace and progress. When I was Secretary of State, President Obama and I worked with Aung San Suu Kyi…

Hillary Clinton on the Rebalance to Asia

"The rebalancing to Asia, otherwise known as 'the pivot,' was in response to the very real sense of abandonment that Asian leaders expressed to me. And my phone calls to them before I ever went to the region in February of 2009, you know, they believed that because we were so focused in Afghanistan and we were so focused in Iraq, and obviously had to be given all that we had invested there, that we were just not paying attention to the developments in Asia…

Hillary Clinton on North Korea

“North Korea’s goal is to blackmail the world into easing the pressure on its rogue regime. We can’t give in to or in any way encourage this kind of bullying. Instead, we should increase pressure and send Pyongyang an unmistakable message that its nuclear brinksmanship won’t succeed.” [Source] Statement on North Korea's Apparent Nuclear Test. January 6, 2016

"North Korea’s decision to conduct another nuclear test is outrageous and unacceptable. I strongly condemn this reckless action, which – coupled with its…

Donald Trump on North Korea

“Well, first of all, it's not only Russia. We have problems with North Korea where they actually have nuclear weapons. You know, nobody talks about it, we talk about Iran, and that's one of the worst deals ever made. One of the worst contracts ever signed, ever, in anything, and it's a disgrace. But, we have somebody over there, a madman, who already has nuclear weapons we don't talk about that. That's a problem.” [Source] 4th Republican Debate. November 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton on the South China Sea

“We do have to take a hard look at the defense budget and we do have to figure out how we get ready to fight the adversaries of the future, not the past. But we have to also be very clear that we do have some continuing challenges. We've got challenges in the South China Sea because of what China is doing in building up these military installations. We have problems with Russia. Just the other day, Russia allowed a television camera to see the…