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

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Joe Biden's Op-Ed with Senator Tammy Duckworth on Discrimination against Asian Americans

"A boy landed in the hospital after being beaten up by his classmates on school grounds. A little girl was pushed off her bike in the middle of a park. A nurse was assaulted on the subway, and another was spit on while delivering medicine to a sick patient. A father was hit over the head by a man swearing at him on the street.

In the past several months, countless Asian Americans have been punched and kicked and threatened…

Joe Biden's Remarks on Hong Kong

Joe Biden Remarks at AAPI [Asian American and Pacific Islander] Victory Fund Progressive Summit

March 15, 2020 Democratic Debate: China and Authoritarianism

March 15, 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate - China and the Coronavirus

Pete Buttigieg's Agenda for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The story of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the United States is far from a single narrative, as it consists of many unique experiences and remarkable contributions. Trailblazers like Wong Kim Ark and Patsy Takemoto Mink advanced fundamental rights, from birthright citizenship to Title IX of the Higher Education Act, which requires equal treatment of women. Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees made courageous journeys to rebuild their lives and start new businesses and communities in America. The 442nd Regiment, composed almost entirely of Japanese…

February 25 Democratic Presidential Debate - China and North Korea

Bernie Sanders' Remarks on 60 Minutes - China, Taiwan, and North Korea

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Decision 2020 Twitter Town Hall

William Weld's Interview with Keene SentinelSource - Indo-Pacific Issues

Pete Buttigieg in Merrimack, New Hampshire - China

William Weld's Keynote Speech on American Foreign Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs - China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Joe Biden's Remarks on US Alliance with Japan

Joe Biden's Interview with The New York Times Editorial Board - China

*This interview was originally conducted on December 16, 2019.

"Jim Dao: You campaigned on your ability to handle a crisis. If China were to send troops and tanks into Hong Kong to violently crack down on peaceful protesters, how would you handle that?

Well, that’s a very, I’m not sure I should answer it on ——

JD: Why not?

Let me put it this way. First of all, the first thing I’d do is go to the United Nations. I would introduce resolutions to condemn…

Pete Buttigieg's Interview with The New York Times Editorial Board - China

*This interview was recorded earlier but the transcript does not give a specific date.

"KK: Assume that for a moment that the Chinese government makes a decision that they’re going to flood the streets with troops in order to crack down on the protests that are happening in Hong Kong. What would you do? How would you respond as president?

Well, the message would need to go to China, that if they’re going to perpetrate a repeat of Tiananmen, that that will lead to them…

Amy Klobuchar's Interview with The New York Times Editorial Board - China

*This interview originally took place on December 10, 2019*

"Serge Schmemann: Senator, can I ask you about China? [...]

SS: About China. The Chinese have been repressing fairly ruthlessly.

With the Uighurs.

SS: The Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. Can or should the United States take action on their behalf?

I think the United States should be standing up much taller on this front, both with Hong Kong, and you see Congress acted on that front with authorizing some sanctions and passing a law which the…

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…

January 14, 2020 Democratic Debate - North Korea and China