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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Remarks by Commerce Secretary Ross at the 2020 National Asian American and Pacific Islander Business Summit

"Thank you, Prem, for the kind introduction, and for your steadfast leadership of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. I am honored to join Secretary Chao as co-chair of this important commission. And it’s been my pleasure to participate in what has been a lively week of webinars celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Today, more than ever, we pay tribute to the tremendous contributions of the AAPI community to every aspect of American society. My thanks to Secretary…

The United States Welcomes Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s Intent to Invest $12 Billion to Bolster U.S. National Security and Economic Prosperity

"On May 14, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) announced that it intends to invest $12 billion in the State of Arizona, starting in 2021, to develop the most state-of-the-art five nanometer semiconductor fabrication foundry in the world. The TSMC deal is a game changer for the U.S. semiconductor industry that will bolster American national security and our economic prosperity.

TSMC’s announcement comes at a critical juncture, when China is competing to dominate cutting-edge technology and control critical industries. The TSMC facility in Arizona will increase…

The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research

"The United States condemns attempts by cyber actors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to steal U.S. intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research, as announced in a May 13, 2020 warning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The United States calls on the PRC to cease this malicious activity. As the May 13 warning notes, “The potential theft of this information jeopardizes the delivery of secure, effective…

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China

"Q What do you mean by cutting relations with China? What would that look like?

THE PRESIDENT: We’ll see. We’ll see. We got a lot of things going with China. We’re not happy about China — I will tell you that. The ink wasn’t dry on a great trade deal, and all of a sudden, the plague comes in from China. We’re not happy about it."

President Trump's Remarks on China During Interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business

President Trump's Remarks on Trade Deal with China

Secretary Pompeo With Gili Cohen of Kan 11 - China

"QUESTION: Clearly. For now, a different subject: There were reports that the U.S. has great concerns with Chinese investment here in Israel. Did you demand Israel to cease partnership with Chinese firms?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m sorry, could you ask the question again? You’re breaking up just a little bit.

QUESTION: Sorry. I mentioned that there were reports that the U.S. has great concerns with Chinese investment here in Israel. And I’m asking, though, wanted to know if you are demanding Israel to cease partnership with…

President Trump's Remarks on China During COVID-19 Briefing