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's Remarks at the Commonwealth Club - China and North Korea

"And I want to talk to you about one specific topic today, the challenges and opportunities that the United States has with China. We need to think bigger, perhaps, and better as well. Because I am convinced that we can cooperate with China, as this administration has shown with what I hope will be in the next several hours the signing of a phase one trade deal. That’s a fantastic thing, I believe, for the United States. We’d welcome more of it.

But we also…

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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting - Japan and North Korea

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be here. We’re having some very good discussions, maybe even great discussions. And I will say that our relationship with Prime Minister Abe and Japan has been, I think, the best it’s ever been. I don’t know, I’ll let you speak to that. But I think it’s the best it’s ever been.

Go ahead.

We’re discussing trade. We’re doing a lot of trade together; a lot of military trade, actually, which is a big…

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China and North Korea

"THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to France. We’re going to have a good few days. I think it will be very productive seeing a lot of the leaders, who are friends of mine, for the most part. I wouldn’t say in a hundred percent of the cases, but for the most part.

And I think we’re doing very well. Our economy is doing great.

We’re having a little spat with China, and we’ll win it. We put a lot of tariffs on China today, as you…

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland At a Press Availability - China and North Korea

"QUESTION: To Secretary Pompeo, I understand you’re supporting our government in the case of the two detained Canadians in China. I’m wondering what specifically you’ve committed to.

And to Minister Freeland, the steelworkers are denouncing the decision to lift tariffs on the illegally dumped steel from China in British Columbia and the LNG projects. I’m wondering if you can talk about why that decision was made in light of the two Canadians detained in China.

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ll try to take the first one…

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Gayle King of CBS This Morning - China and North Korea

"QUESTION: Can I focus on – can we take a look at the protests in Hong Kong, now in its 11th straight week? Extraordinary pictures coming from Hong Kong. There were violent protests at the airport, and now it’s very peaceful but very big – over a million people in the streets. Does the Trump administration support the protestors in Hong Kong?

SECRETARY POMPEO: President Trump captured this, I think perfectly, across the weekend when he said we support democracy, we support liberty. We very…

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China, Japan , South Korea, and North Korea

"THE PRESIDENT: So, we’re doing very well with China. We’re talking to China. We’re not ready to make a deal, but we’ll see what happens. But, you know, we’ve been hurt by China for 25, 30 years. Nobody has done anything about it. And we have no choice but to do what we’re doing.

It’s working out very well, as you know. We called them on manipulation and they brought their numbers back, and they brought them back rapidly. And they were able to do…