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 Speech at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

Secretary Ross's Op-Ed in fox Business on US Trade with the Indo-Pacific

"A renewed partnership, a transformative vision. This is what President Donald J. Trump outlined for United States and Indo-Pacific relations almost two years ago in Da Nang, Vietnam, and it is what the United States is championing now at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok, Thailand.

During the second half of a historic trip in 2017 that also featured stops in Japan, South Korea, China and the Philippines, President Trump laid out an optimistic view of future ties between the United States and its partners…

Secretary Ross's Remarks on Trade Negotiations with China, Indo-Pacific Business Forum, and East Asia Summit

Readout of Secretary Ross's Trip to the Indo-Pacific Secretary of Commerce Travels to the United Kingdom, Asia, and Australia to Advocate for American Workers

"Beginning with his remarks at the World Economic Forum in New Delhi, Secretary Ross met with Minister of Commerce and Industry and Railways Piyush Goyal to stress the positive trends of the U.S.-India trade relationship. He later joined Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister Goyal in bilateral meetings to advance U.S. commercial interests. Subsequently in Bangalore, Secretary Ross met with Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K. Sivan to learn more about potential collaborations for U.S. and Indian space entities.

While in Singapore, Secretary Ross…

Secretary Ross's Comments on Fox Business Concerning Trade Negotiations with China

Secretary Ross's Comments at the Federalist Society on US Trade Policy Towards the Indo-Pacific

Remarks By Secretary Ross at the AMCHAM [American Chamber of Commerce] Business Lunch in Sydney, Australia

"Thank you, April, for that kind introduction, and thank you for your efforts to strengthen and expand the U.S.- Australian commercial partnership. It is my pleasure to be here. After having been in London, New Delhi, and Singapore over the past week, I’m feeling a bit like Mad Max! But we know that Mad Max always prevails; and the original is still the most profitable film of all time.

I just finished a productive meeting with Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, and a wonderful meeting with Prime…

Remarks By Secretary Ross at the Australia Space Agency Meeting in Canberra, Australia

"Thank you for hosting us today at this beautiful observatory to discuss how our two nations are cooperating in space, the final frontier. It was my pleasure to be with Prime Minister Morrison last month in Washington during his State visit to the United States. I was extremely pleased to sign a Joint Statement of Intent with the Prime Minister at NASA headquarters to accelerate our return to the Moon by 2024, and establish a permanent colony on Mars. The United States and Australia have…

Secretary Ross's Meetings in Singapore

"Secretary Ross called on Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on October 7, 2019 during his visit to Singapore. Secretary Ross and Prime Minister Lee reaffirmed the excellent state of bilateral relations, underpinned by our strong defense and economic ties. Secretary Ross emphasized the United States’ continued engagement in the region.

Secretary Ross also met with Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing to discuss opportunities to deepen our trade and investment links, including in areas of mutual interest such as in trade and…