The Trump Administration & US - Indo-Pacific Relations

This resource will track statements, developments, visits, and other interactions in US-Indo-Pacific relations under the President Trump administration. Special focus will be given to the comments and activities of President Donald J. Trump; Vice President Mike Pence; United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer; Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Jr.; and (former) Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

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Secretary Ross's Remarks on Lou Dobbs Tonight on US-China Trade Negotiations

U.S. Department of Commerce Extends Huawei Temporary General License

"Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will extend for 90 days the Temporary General License (TGL) authorizing specific, limited engagements in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items – under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) – to Huawei and its non-U.S. affiliates which are subject to the Entity List.

“The Temporary General License extension will allow carriers to continue to service customers in some of the most remote areas of the…

Secretary Ross's Remarks on Trade Negotiations with China US-China trade deal has 'very high probability' of happening: Wilbur Ross

Secretary Ross Leads Business Executives Across the Indo-Pacific

"In support of the goal of President Donald J. Trump to increase American commercial activity across nations in the Indo-Pacific region, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross led a business delegation including of 16 companies to Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam from November 3 to November 8. This mission spawned new partnerships as well as several business agreements, potentially representing billions in investments.

“The Trump Administration is building new relationships across the Indo-Pacific, creating a bright future, not only for the United States, but for countries…

Remarks by Secretary Ross at the Vietnam CEO Luncheon in Hanoi, Vietnam

"It is my pleasure to be here in Hanoi with all of you, and to be leading a delegation of American companies as we forge stronger commercial ties between our two nations. Thank you to the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the BRG Group for hosting today’s luncheon.

A special thank you to Dr. Vu Tien Loc, Chairman of VCCI; and Madam Nguyen Thi Nga, Chairwoman of BRG Group. I had a great conversation with both of you earlier today about how your…

Secretary Ross's Speech at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum