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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January 14, 2020 Democratic Debate - North Korea and China

Pete Buttigieg's Interview with the SentinelSource - China

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President Trump's Remarks on U.S. Tariffs Against China

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China

"Tariffs are obviously doing very well because we’re taking in billions and billions of dollars from China. We would be from others, and we might be from others, but billions of dollars are coming in from China. And, frankly, look at what’s happening with the stock market, which is pretty much what I’ve been saying.

Also, an article came out this morning that the tariffs are having very little effect on costs going up — and, in some cases, no effect. That the countries that…

Remarks by President Trump at the Congressional Picnic - China

"And we worked hard to spread hope throughout the Heartland, helping our strong farmers and ranchers through the Farm Bill that we passed. (Applause.) And as a few people know — as you know, we passed 16 billion dollars’ worth of help for our farmers who have been hurt by the situation in China. People don’t realize what we did, but we do and the farmers do. Sixteen billion dollars — because that was the amount that they got hurt by — from the fight…

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


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…

Amy Klobuchar's Actions for First 100 Days as President if Elected - China

Aggressively combat illegal Chinese steel dumping. Senator Klobuchar will ensure the federal government is aggressively combating illegal Chinese steel dumping including through expanded personnel to enforce our trade laws and increased inspections of steel imports at ports of entry. She will also direct the U.S. Department of Labor to expedite approval of Trade Adjustment Assistance petitions for workers from the affected mining operations.