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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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…

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…

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…

Elizabeth Warren's Interview with The New York Times Editorial Board - China and Trans-Pacific Partnership

*This interview originally took place on December 4, 2019*

"James Dao: Moving from Europe to Asia, if China were to send troops, massive numbers of troops into Hong Kong, and impose a violent crackdown there similar to Tiananmen Square in 1989, what would you do as president? [...]You know, this is a hard hypothetical to take on until you actually know what’s happening. Again, you’ve got to back this one up on where we should have started. When the unrest first started unfolding in Hong Kong…

Bernie Sanders's Interview with The New York Times Editorial Board - China

*This interview originally took place on December 2, 2019*

"AK: The president shares a lot of your concerns about our economic relationship with China and the other ——

No, the president does not, not quite. I mean, I know his rhetoric. I look at the world very differently than Mr. Trump does, but go ahead.

AK: [LAUGHS] I’m wondering if you could explain how your approach to dealing with China would be different from the president and how it would elicit better outcomes.

China is one…

Elizabeth Warren's Remarks on China's Influence Over the Drug Supply Chain

"United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper raising concerns about the national security risks posed by U.S. reliance on foreign-manufactured pharmaceutical products. The senators' letter follows the publication of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission's 2019 Annual Report that highlights the nation's "growing reliance" on products critical to the manufacturing of drugs, which are primarily made in China.

In recent years, China has…

Remarks by President Trump After Tour of Apple Manufacturing Plant - China

"Q Should Apple be exempt from China tariffs?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re looking at that. And, you know, the problem we have is you have Samsung — it’s a great company, but it’s a competitor of Apple, and it’s not fair if — because we have a trade deal with Korea. We made a great trade deal with South Korea, but we have to treat Apple on a somewhat similar basis as we treat Samsung.

Now, with all of that being said, we’re doing very…

Remarks by President Trump in a Cabinet Meeting - China and South Korea

"And they announced another number this morning. That was a number that was very warm to my heart. Since the election, we’ve created $11 trillion in worth. Now, China has gone down by double that number, and we’ve gone up by $11 trillion. So when — whoever it was that was going to be President, they said, “Within two years, China would overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy.” We’re so far ahead of them right now, it’s not even close. And if…

Remarks by President Trump at the Economic Club of New York - China, Japan, and South Korea

"And I will tell you, when I signed — that was another one — Clean Waters of the United States — well, the Paris Accord, too — and I said, “This is going to take guts.” I just closed my eyes and I signed it. (Laughter.) I got one day of a big hit from some of the radical-left newspapers. And then after that, everybody thanks me. They thank me so profusely. You’re talking about trillions and trillions of dollars of destruction would have been…