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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Beto O’Rourke's Interview with The Washington Post - China

"MR. COSTA: If you were President, would you support the protesters in Hong Kong or not?

MR. O'ROURKE: Yes. It really says something right now when the most inspiring representatives of democracy, at a time that the open question in the world is the future a democratic or an autocratic one, are not here in the United States but in Hong Kong.

And you have the leader of the free world, ostensibly, in the President of the United States not embracing those protesters or our…

July 30, 2019 CNN Democratic Debate: Part 4: China, TPP, and North Korea

Candidate Responses to Council on Foreign Relations Question: "Under what circumstances, if any, would you support the United States joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), formerly the [TPP]?""

Joe Biden: "When it comes to trade, either we're going to write the rules of the road for the world or China is – and not in a way that advances our values. That's what happened when we backed out of TPP – we put China in the driver's seat. That's not good for our national security or for our workers. TPP wasn’t perfect but the idea behind it was a good one: to unite countries around high standards for workers, the environment, intellectual property…

Candidate Responses to Council on Foreign Relations Question: "How, if at all, should China’s treatment of the Uighurs and the situation in Hong Kong affect broader U.S. policy toward China?"

Joe Biden: "The United States should push back on China’s deepening authoritarianism, even as we seek to cooperate on issues where our interests are aligned. It is inspiring to see the brave people of Hong Kong demonstrating peacefully for the civil liberties and autonomy promised by Beijing. The world is watching; we should all stand in support of democratic principles and freedom.

The forced detention of over a million Uighur Muslims in western China is unconscionable. America should speak out against the internment camps in…

Candidate Responses to Council on Foreign Relations Question: "Would you sign an agreement with North Korea that entailed partial sanctions relief in exchange for some dismantling of its nuclear weapons program but not full denuclearization?"

Joe Biden: "The next president will almost certainly inherit a North Korea nuclear challenge that is worse than when President Trump took office. After three made-for-TV summits, we still don't have a single concrete commitment from North Korea. Not one missile or nuclear weapon has been destroyed, not one inspector is on the ground. If anything, the situation has gotten worse. North Korea has more capability today than when Trump began his “love affair” with Kim Jong-un, a murderous tyrant who, thanks to Trump, is…

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…

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

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