2020 US Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific

The 2020 Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific resource highlights mentions of Indo-Pacific issues by US presidential candidates and nominees in speeches, campaign documents, and debates.

To view statements by President Trump prior to his June 18, 2019 declaration to seek a second term, as well as members of his Cabinet, visit The Trump Administration & US - Indo-Pacific Relations.

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2020 Candidates on the Indo-Pacific

January 14, 2020 Democratic Debate - North Korea and China

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Candidate Responses to Council on Foreign Relations Question: "How, if at all, should China’s treatment of the Uighurs and the situation in Hong Kong affect broader U.S. policy toward China?"

Joe Biden: "The United States should push back on China’s deepening authoritarianism, even as we seek to cooperate on issues where our interests are aligned. It is inspiring to see the brave people of Hong Kong demonstrating peacefully for the civil liberties and autonomy promised by Beijing. The world is watching; we should all stand in support of democratic principles and freedom.

The forced detention of over a million Uighur Muslims in western China is unconscionable. America should speak out against the internment camps in…

Candidate Responses to Council on Foreign Relations Question: "Would you sign an agreement with North Korea that entailed partial sanctions relief in exchange for some dismantling of its nuclear weapons program but not full denuclearization?"

Joe Biden: "The next president will almost certainly inherit a North Korea nuclear challenge that is worse than when President Trump took office. After three made-for-TV summits, we still don't have a single concrete commitment from North Korea. Not one missile or nuclear weapon has been destroyed, not one inspector is on the ground. If anything, the situation has gotten worse. North Korea has more capability today than when Trump began his “love affair” with Kim Jong-un, a murderous tyrant who, thanks to Trump, is…

Elizabeth Warren's Remarks on Hong Kong Protests

Elizabeth Warren's Remarks on Including Support for Southeast Asian Languages on the 2020 Census

"Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and 17 Senate colleagues in calling on the U.S. Census Bureau to include Khmer, Hmong, and Lao among the languages supported by the Internet Self-Response (ISR) and Census Questionnaire Assistance (CQA) options for the 2020 Census. While current Census data “identifies the number of limited-English-proficient households,” it “does not capture the range of needs that they have,” the senators write. “We need to do everything we can to make…

Elizabeth Warren's Responses to Amnesty International USA's Human Rights Questionnaire - China, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka

  • "HOW SHOULD THE U.S. ADDRESS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES SUFFERED BY RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC MINORITIES AT THE HANDS OF GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT ACTORS WORLDWIDE?

First, the United States must lead by example and fight against religious discrimination, xenophobia, and hate at home. It’s a serious problem when many American politicians seem to accept – even embrace – the politics of division and resentment. We must speak out against hateful rhetoric of all kinds.

We must also call out human rights abuses abroad and seek to hold those…

Elizabeth Warren's Remarks in Plymouth, New Hampshire - China