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 Pompeo With Kevin Cirilli of Bloomberg - China

"QUESTION: Oh, and before embarking this trip. And all throughout this region, I’ve seen Huawei buildings, I’ve seen Huawei phones, and what’s your – how do you convince our allies in this region and all throughout the region to not go that route?

SECRETARY POMPEO: There’s not much convincing that needs to be done about the threat from the Chinese Communist Party. They all understand it. Our task is to make sure that the risks are known to these leaders. I talked about it with…

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Secretary Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov At a Press Availability - North Korea and China

"QUESTION: Good afternoon, Mr. Secretary. On North Korea and your discussions with North Korea, are you satisfied with Russian and other countries’ sanctions enforcement? And then also within the past week, North Korea has warned of a “Christmas gift” for the United States. Is the administration prepared or expect North Korea to return to a more aggressive posture, perhaps want to terminate negotiations?

Foreign Minister Lavrov, in your discussions over Paul Whelan, are the U.S. and Russia any closer to resolving that case? Is Paul…

Secretary Pompeo And Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva At a Press Availability - China

"QUESTION: Hi, Victoria Waldersee from Reuters. You’ve spoken significantly about Huawei as Chinese firms do hold significant investments in key sectors in Portugal’s economy, and telecommunications operators here are working with Huawei to roll out 5G networks next year. Is this an impediment in U.S.-Portuguese relations, especially considering Trump’s statement yesterday that Huawei is not just a security risk but a security danger, and how will it affect your relationship if China continues to win key contracts in Portugal’s economy? That’s a question for you…

Thailand National Day

"On behalf of the government of the United States of America, I offer my warm wishes to the people of Thailand as you celebrate your National Day on December 5.

For more than 200 years, the United States and Thailand have strengthened the friendship and spirit of partnership between our nations. The U.S.-Thai alliance supports a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Our longstanding business ties, highlighted in the very successful Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok, help the people of the United States and Thailand to…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks on Europe and China with Respect to 5G

"EU communications ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday[1] to discuss how to safeguard emerging fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks. Their decisions could have lasting impacts on European countries’ ability to protect their people’s privacy, and ultimately, safeguard their freedoms.

5G networks will soon touch every aspect of life, including critical infrastructure. Innovative new capabilities will power autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, smart grids and other groundbreaking technologies. Thanks to the way 5G networks are built, it’s impossible to separate any one part of the network…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks at University of Kentucky's McConnell Center - China and Myanmar