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 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…

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President Trump's Remarks at September 16, 2020 Press Briefing - China

"Q Thank you, Mr. President. Are you prepared to sign off on the Oracle and TikTok deal, even though the Treasury isn’t getting paid? And also, does the deal meet your requirements in terms of national security concerns?

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, they’re giving me studies on the deal. It has to be 100 percent as far as national security is concerned. And, no, I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal.

We need security, especially after what we’ve seen…

Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing - China

"Q Thank you, Mr. President. Larry Kudlow said that there’s a routine check-in call with China on the phase one trade deal. My question is: What if they bring up TikTok and also WeChat? Would you enga- — would you instruct your team to engage them on that executive order you just signed?

THE PRESIDENT: No, we have a deadline of September 15th. And whether it’s Microsoft, I understand — and others are negotiating — we also said that, obviously, it’s worthless if we don’t…

Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference - China

"Today, I signed legislation and an executive order to hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which I signed this afternoon, passed unanimously through Congress. This law gives my administration powerful new tools to hold responsible the individuals and the entities involved in extinguishing Hong Kong’s freedom. We’ve all watched what happened. Not a good situation. Their freedom has been taken away. Their rights have been taken away. And with it, goes Hong Kong…

Joe Biden's Remarks on Hong Kong

March 15, 2020 Democratic Debate: China and Authoritarianism

February 25 Democratic Presidential Debate - China and North Korea

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 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…