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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Andrew Yang's Interview with The New York Times Editorial Board - China

*This interview oringally took place on December 4, 2019, before Andrew Yang failed to qualify for the January 14, 2020 debate.

James Dao: Can I pose a future hypothetical? If the Chinese government were to flood Hong Kong with military troops after you were president and impose a violent crackdown, similar to, say, Tiananmen Square in 1989, what would you do?

I have family in Hong Kong. I spent a semester there in college, and so when I see those streets wracked with riots and…

Elizabeth Warren's Interview with The New York Times Editorial Board - China and Trans-Pacific Partnership

*This interview originally took place on December 4, 2019*

"James Dao: Moving from Europe to Asia, if China were to send troops, massive numbers of troops into Hong Kong, and impose a violent crackdown there similar to Tiananmen Square in 1989, what would you do as president? [...]You know, this is a hard hypothetical to take on until you actually know what’s happening. Again, you’ve got to back this one up on where we should have started. When the unrest first started unfolding in Hong Kong…

January 14, 2020 Democratic Debate - North Korea and China

Bernie Sanders's Interview with The New York Times Editorial Board - China

*This interview originally took place on December 2, 2019*

"AK: The president shares a lot of your concerns about our economic relationship with China and the other ——

No, the president does not, not quite. I mean, I know his rhetoric. I look at the world very differently than Mr. Trump does, but go ahead.

AK: [LAUGHS] I’m wondering if you could explain how your approach to dealing with China would be different from the president and how it would elicit better outcomes.

China is one…

Pete Buttigieg's Interview with the SentinelSource - China

Amy Klobuchar's Interview with Iowa PBS - China

Bernie Sanders Interview with SentinelSource - North Korea and China

Pete Buttigieg's Meeting with Des Moines Register Editorial Board - China

Candidates' Remarks During December 19, 2019 Democratic Debate - China

Amy Klobuchar's Remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations - China

Andrew Yang at Iowa Climate Crisis Student Forum - China