2020 US Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific

The 2020 Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific resource highlighted 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 Democratic Party Platform - Indo-Pacific

"Democrats will take aggressive action against China or any other country that tries to undercut American manufacturing by manipulating their currencies and maintaining a misaligned exchange rate with the dollar, dumping products like steel and aluminum in our markets, or providing unfair subsidies. Unlike President Trump, we will stand up to efforts from China and other state actors to steal America’s intellectual property and will demand China and other countries cease and desist from conducting cyber espionage against our companies. And we will take immediate…

Republican Party Platform [Republican Platform Adopted 2016 Platform at 2020 Convention]

"U.S. Leadership in the Asian Pacific

We are a Pacific nation with economic, military, and cultural ties to all the countries of the oceanic rim and treaty alliances with Japan, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand. With them, we look toward the establishment of human rights for the people of North Korea. We urge the government of China to recognize the inevitability of change in the Kim family's slave state and, for everyone's safety against nuclear disaster, to hasten positive change on the Korean…

2020 Vice Presidential Debate - China

“Mike Pence: (32:06): They have a $2 trillion version of the Green New Deal, Susan, that your newspaper, USA Today, said really wasn’t that very different from the original Green New Deal. More taxes, more regulation, banning fracking, abolishing fossil fuel, crushing American energy and economic surrender to China is a prescription for economic decline. President Trump and I will keep America growing, the V-shape recovery that’s underway right now will continue with four more years of President Donald Trump [crosstalk 00:32:37] […]

Kamala Harris…

Final Presidential Debate Between President Trump and Joe Biden - China and North Korea

"Kristen Welker: (09:22)I do want to ask you, Vice-President Biden, about China. Let’s talk about China more broadly. There have, of course, President Trump has said that they should pay for not being fully transparent in regards to the coronavirus. If you were president, would you make China pay? And please be specific, what would that look like?

Joe Biden: (09:41)What I’d make China do is play by the international rules, not like he has done. He has caused the deficit of the…

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Remarks by President Trump at the 3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase - China

"Previous administrations allowed foreign countries to steal our jobs and plunder our wealth. They stole our wealth. They stole so much, and it was allowed to go on so long. But it’s not going on any longer. You take a look at what’s happening. Look at today’s front page in the Wall Street Journal. You’ll see where China has had its worst year in 27 years. And I’m not looking for that. But we had a deal with China, and they decided not to make…

Remarks by President Trump on Supporting the Passage of the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement - China

"For years, politicians let China take the crown jewels out of our country. My administration has taken the toughest-ever stance to stop these incredible abuses. [...]

And I didn’t blame China. I didn’t blame all of these countries — Mexico. Mexico, they took 30 percent of our automobile business. I don’t know if you know that or not. They have plants the likes of which you’ve never seen before. They took 30 percent — probably more than that — of our automobile — I don’t blame…

Remarks by President Trump at the Presidential Social Media Summit - China

"I, for a while, have said that the thing that’s going to bring us together is great success. Now we have tremendous success — greater than we’ve ever had before. I mean, our country picked up trillions of dollars in value and worth. China has gone down trillions of dollars. The tariffs have hurt them. I don’t want to hurt them, but I want to give us a fair playing field. But China has gone down trillions. We’ve gone up tril- — not billions, trillions…

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China

"Q Democrats are portraying your action yesterday on the census citizenship question as backing down. Do you believe that you backed down?

THE PRESIDENT: No, no. Who said — who said that?

Q Democrats are saying you backed down. Do you believe you backed down?

THE PRESIDENT: Look, anything you do, the Democrats will say it’s not good. In the meantime, they had a disaster. They had these laws that are so bad — catch-and-release, and you look at the different laws — visa lottery…

Pete Buttigieg's Remarks on China's Human Rights Record

Elizabeth Warren's Remarks on Hong Kong Protests

Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Press Gaggle - China

"Q — please allow me to ask questions not related, but I think if you would think it’s important as a man of faith. You understand that a lot of the — in China, this year marks the 20 years’ anniversary of the Chinese government’s persecution of Falun Gong — the spiritual movement. And even people here — I just met some people — they are here now, but they still affected by Chinese government’s persecution policy, which has extended to here.

So at this…

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…

Joe Biden Interview with CNN - North Korea and China

Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force One Departure - China

"Q (Inaudible) this week on China — Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Mnuchin, I guess, would they meet with the Chinese this week?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re doing very well with China. That’s right; they’re meeting. But we’re — most importantly, we’re doing very well with the tariffs. We’re taking in billions and billions of dollars from China. We’ve never taken in ten cents from China. China has ripped us off during Obama and Biden; during, in all fairness, Bush and other Presidents; and Clinton, obviously.

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China and North Korea

"Q Joe Biden called you a “bully” in that interview last night. What do you think of that?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t think I’m bully at all. I just don’t like taking — being taken advantage of by other countries, by pharmaceutical companies, by all of the people that have taken advantage of this country.

You look at what Joe Biden has done with China. We’ve lost our shirts with China and now China is dying to make a deal. So — and we’re taking…

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 3401 - China

"Q Any reaction to the protests in Hong Kong today?

THE PRESIDENT: In Hong Kong? I just hope it gets solved. I was with President Xi of China. We had a great talk, a great discussion. We’re talking about doing something. And we’ve talked about it briefly, but that’s very sad. I’ve rarely seen a protest like that. It’s very sad to see. [...]

Q Mr. President, when will the round of trade talks with China begin, after your agreement over the weekend?


Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 1:1 Meeting

"PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I want to thank you, Chairman. You hear the power of that voice. Nobody has heard that voice before. He doesn’t do news conferences, in case you haven’t heard. And this was a special moment. This is, I think, really — as President Moon said, this is a historic moment, the fact that we’re meeting.

And I want to thank Chairman Kim for something else. When I put out the social media notification, if he didn’t show up, the press was going…

Remarks by President Trump, Chairman Kim Jong Un, and President Moon in Greeting at the Korean Demilitarized Zone

"PRESIDENT TRUMP: I just want to say that this is my honor. I didn’t really expect it. We were in Japan for the G20. We came over and I said, “Hey, I’m over here. I want to call up Chairman Kim.” And we got to meet. And stepping across that line was a great honor. A lot of progress has been made. A lot of friendships have been made. And this has been in particular a great friendship. So I just want to thank you…

Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Restricted Bilateral Meeting

"[PRESIDENT TRUMP:] I just had a meeting with the business leaders of South Korea. And these are not only business leaders here, they’re business leaders throughout the world. They are among the greatest businesspeople anywhere in the world. We went through a lot — Lotte, Samsung — so many that are so — Hyundai — so many that are so respected.

And we talked and we had a fairly short meeting, unfortunately. I wish it could have been longer. But these are very, very highly…

Remarks by President Trump to Korean Business Leaders

"PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you. (Applause.) Wow, thank you very much. Please. Thank you very much. That’s so nice. That means you like us. And we like you. And it has been a great period of time for our two countries.

I want to thank you, Ambassador Harris. We put you here recently because we thought it might be a spot where we need somebody with great talent, and you’ve displayed that in our military for many years. We really appreciate it very much. Thank you…

Beto O'Rourke on Face the Nation - North Korea

"MARGARET BRENNAN: Welcome back to FACE THE NATION. We are now joined by 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke who joins- joins us from El Paso. Congressman, we've had this breaking news overnight and I'm wondering if, as president, you would continue the diplomacy with Kim Jong Un, and would you accept North Korea as a contained nuclear threat if it refuses to give up its nuclear weapons?

BETO O'ROURKE: You know, I would continue diplomacy contingent on progress that keeps this country and…

Amy Klobuchar on Face the Nation - North Korea and China

"MARGARET BRENNAN: We saw this historic moment with President Trump stepping into North Korea. And I wonder, if you're commander in chief, would you continue the diplomacy that he has started?

SEN. KLOBUCHAR: You always have to talk to everyone when it is American security and the world's security at stake. But he keeps having these summits and meetings that really don't produce anything. There's been a number of them now, and this time, you know, you just can't look at this as going…

Remarks by President Trump and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China Before Bilateral Meeting | Osaka, Japan

"PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, Mr. President. We have had a lot of time together, and we’ve become friends. My trip to Beijing with my family was one of the most incredible of my life. I’ve seen a culture that rarely would you see. Chinese culture is an incredible culture.

I look forward to working with you. As you know, we’ve had a excellent relationship, but we want to do something that will even it up with respect to trade. I think it’s something…

Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference | Osaka, Japan - North Korea, China, and Japan

[PRESIDENT TRUMP:] I understand that we may be meeting with Chairman King — Kim. And we’ll find out. We spoke with the people. Kim Jong Un was very receptive. He responded. And so, we’ll see. Because tomorrow we’re going to the DMZ. I said, “While I’m there, I’ll shake his hand.” We get along. There’s been no nuclear tests. There’s been no long-range ballistic tests. Gave us back our hostages, which was great. And a lot of good things are happening over there. [...]

So, with…

Remarks by President Trump and President Bolsonaro of the Federative Republic of Brazil Before Bilateral Meeting - China

"Q Are you going to ask Brazil to take sides in the trade war with China, President?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re going to have a meeting with President Xi of China tomorrow, as you probably have heard. There seems to be a rumor about that, and we are indeed, and we look forward to it. I think it’ll be productive. And who knows? But I think it’ll productive. At a minimum, it will be productive. We’ll see what happens and what comes out of it.

Remarks by President Trump and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Before Working Breakfast | Osaka, Japan - North Korea and China

"Q Mr. President, will you meet with Kim Jong Un tomorrow at the DMZ?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I put a — I’ll be going to South Korea. We’re going with President Moon. We were with the President in Japan for a little while, and we spoke. And all I did is put out a feeler if he’d like to meet.

He sent me a very beautiful birthday card. And I just — what I did is — and he — I guess he got my…

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison of Australia in Working Dinner

"Q Mr. President, you talk about “America first” a lot. Do you recognize that, for many of your allies, sometimes it’s seen as “America alone” because it has adverse impacts on countries like Japan and Australia — like on trade, for example?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yeah, well, I think I can say very easily that we’ve been very good to our allies. We work with our allies. We take care of our allies. Generally speaking, I’ve inherited massive trade deficits with our allies. And we even…

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

"PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much, Shinzo. It’s an honor. And we just left Japan, and now I’m back. (Laughter.) That was a quick trip, and it was a great honor to be your first guest. And meeting the Emperor and the Emperor’s family was, really, a very special thing on behalf of the United States.

And I can say we very much appreciate the courtesies — giving out the World Championship to the great sumo wrestler. (Laughter.) He was — you would not…

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China and North Korea

"Q Are you confident that you will reach a trade deal with China?

THE PRESIDENT: There’s a possibility. I’m meeting with Russia. I’m meeting with China. I’m meeting with many countries. We’re meeting with many countries. We have many things — we’ve been ripped off by everybody over the years. They’re not ripping us off anymore. A big difference right now.

We’re meeting with China. Just so you know, China has been paying us billions and billions of dollars. Until I got here, they never…

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…

Text of a Notice to the Congress on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

"On June 26, 2008, by Executive Order 13466, the President declared a national emergency with respect to North Korea pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula. The President also found that it was necessary to maintain certain restrictions with respect to North Korea that would otherwise…

Message to the Congress on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea


Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days before the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national…

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…

President Trump Announces Second Term Run - TPP

President Trump Announces Second Term Run - China Part 2

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.

President Trump Announces Second Term Run - China Part 1

Andrew Yang's Remarks on US-China Technology Competition

Andrew Yang's Remarks on Protests in Hong Kong

Pete Buttigieg's Interview with Face the Nation - China and North Korea

Pete Buttigieg's Interview with NBC News's Meet the Press - China

Julián Castro's Remarks During Fox News Town Hall - China

Joe Biden's Remarks on Protests in Hong Kong

Julián Castro ‏'s Remarks on Protests in Hong Kong

Pete Buttigieg Speech on National Security and Foreign Policy - North Korea

Pete Buttigieg Speech on National Security and Foreign Policy - China

Joe Biden's Remarks on US Tariffs Against China

Joe Biden's Remarks on US Tariffs Against China

Joe Biden in Mount Pleasant, Iowa - China

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China

"Q He [2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden] says your tariffs are going to hurt Iowa farmers.

THE PRESIDENT: The best thing that ever happened to the farmers is me. We gave $16 billion to the farmers to make up for the deficit with China. We gave them $16 billion. We don’t give them; they earn it, because they’re patriots. We gave them ethanol at 15, which nobody was ever going to do; which Biden didn’t do in eight years as, you know, Vice President…

Joe Biden Campaign Rally in Davenport, Iowa - China

Vice President Pence's Remarks on Tariffs Against China

Amy Klobuchar's Remarks on US Tariffs Against China

Julián Castro's Remarks on Anniversary of Tiananmen

Pete Buttigieg's Remarks on Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Joe Biden's Remarks on Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Joe Biden's Remarks on China's Human Rights Record

Pete Buttigieg's Remarks on North Korea

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference

"Prime Minister Abe, the First Lady and I are profoundly honored to return to this very beautiful nation as Japan’s first state guests following the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor. On behalf of the United States, we want to thank the Imperial Family for this gracious invitation and warm welcome. It was really wonderful.

Melania and I are thrilled to be back in the Land of the Rising Sun. It is a true privilege to take part in the splendor of this historic moment and…

Pete Buttigieg at Washington Post Live - China

Pete Buttigieg's Interview with The Washington Post - China

"MR. COSTA: If you come into office, would you remove the tariffs on China or not?

MAYOR BUTTIGIEG: Yes, the tariffs are counterproductive. Now, we might launch a new conversation with China and what we do on tariffs might be in that context. But I would not have put up these tariffs in the first place. First of all, tariffs are taxes on Americans, and we talk as though that's not the case and we forget that Americans are paying them.

Look, I actually think…

Beto O'Rourke CNN Town Hall in Iowa - US Tariffs Against China

Remarks by Vice President Pence in Roundtable Discussion with Local Wisconsin Business Leaders - China

"And with regard to China, I will just tell you we understand what a big and important market it is, not just for agriculture but for so many things. But we really do believe that — I mean, they’re half of our international trade deficit right now. And that is nothing to say about the abuses of intellectual property and forced technology transfer and ownership within China. And so we’re driving hard to address those things.

The President will be meeting with President Xi at…

Cory Booker in Laconia, New Hampshire - China

Beto O'Rourke in Bedford, New Hampshire - China and the Environment

Beto O'Rourke in Bedford, New Hampshire - North Korea

Beto O'Rourke in Bedford, New Hampshire - China Trade Negotiations Part 1

Beto O'Rourke in Bedford, New Hampshire - China Trade Negotiations Part 2

Remarks by Vice President Pence After Touring R&J Johnson Farms | Glyndon, MN - China

"And as we speak today, a delegation from China has arrived in Washington, D.C., for the latest negotiations. And I want to assure all of you, particularly those of you in soybeans, who export to China and understand that we’re working literally hour by hour to reach an agreement with China.

The President and I remain hopeful that we’ll be able to reach an agreement, but we’re going to continue to stand firm. We’re going to continue to stand firm for putting American jobs, American…

Joe Biden's Remarks on US Competition with China

"And folks, the fact of the matter is we can do all we need to do without punishing anybody. Anybody. The reason I’m optimistic here is, look at who we are. I’ve met virtually every major world leader in my role as Vice President, as Foreign Relations Chairman over the last 30 years. That’s not hyperbole. Virtually every one. I don’t know a single solitary one who would not change places with the problems the President of the United States has versus the problems they…

Joe Biden's Clean Energy and Environmental Protection Plan - China

Pete Buttigieg's Remarks on Attacks in Sri Lanka

Beto O'Rourke's Remarks on Attacks in Sri Lanka

Remarks by President Trump and Vice Premier Liu He of the People’s Republic of China Before Bilateral Meeting - Ambassador Lighthizer's Remarks

"PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be with the Vice Premier of China, a highly respected man all over the world. We’ve had tremendous discussions. We’re getting very close to making a deal. That doesn’t mean a deal is made, because it’s not, but we’re certainly getting a lot closer. And I would think with — oh, within the next four weeks or maybe less, maybe more — whatever it takes — something very monumental could be announced.

We very…

Remarks by President Trump at the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Meeting - China

"Q How is China (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT: Trade is coming along well. We’re having a big meeting this afternoon. I think you folks are going to be at it for a little while, at least. The Vice Premier is here and lots of top people from China. They very much want to make a deal. We’ll see what happens. It’s got to be a good deal. Got to be a good — it’s got to be a great deal. It’s got to be great.


Remarks by Vice President Pence in Press Gaggle - China

"Q What are you demanding from China, sir? China is a big player in buying Indiana products and so is the (inaudible). So what is the demand so that not only Indiana, but the other states get a fair deal?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Look, you look at our international trade deficit: Half of it is with China. And President Trump has imposed, now, $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods coming into the United States. And we’ve made it clear that we’re prepared — unless…

Vice President Pence's Remarks on China