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

Joe Biden's Remarks on North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un

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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…

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 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…

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…