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 of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press - Indo-Pacific

"QUESTION: I’m sorry. Japan and Germany have asked for additional proof of the attack on the tankers. And you said Sunday that you were going to provide that. Have – when are we expected to see that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, we’ll continue to provide additional information about those attacks. But we shouldn’t focus on just those two attacks. There – since the beginning of May, there are now over a half dozen different instances of Iranian attacks in the region – some thwarted, some not…

Secretary Ross's Remarks at 2019 SelectUSA Summit - Indo-Pacific Investment in the United States

"On the larger side of the size spectrum, South Korean energy storage company SK Innovation attended SelectUSA Investment Summits in 2013 and 2018. Just three months ago, I had the honor of attending the groundbreaking of SK's $1.7 billion electric-battery facility in Commerce, Georgia.I was joined by SK Innovation CEO and President Jun Kim; Executive Vice Chairman, Jae-won Chey; Georgia Governor Brian Kemp; and leaders from across Georgia to celebrate the company's investment in Georgia. Taiwan’s Lung-Soon Ocean Group is creating 50 jobs in Astoria…

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to the Republic of Korea

"President Donald J. Trump will visit the Republic of Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in, in conjunction with his travel to the region to attend the G20 Summit in late June. President Trump and President Moon will continue their close coordination on efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The two leaders will also discuss ways to strengthen the United States–Republic of Korea alliance and the friendship between our two peoples."

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the National Marine Manufacturers Association 2019 American Boating Congress - Korea, Japan, and China

"We have renegotiated trade agreements with Korea, Mexico, and Canada.

We are initiating trade talks with Japan and Europe.

And we are demanding that China stops flooding global markets with government-subsidized goods; and that it no longer steals your companies’ intellectual property through state-sponsored industrial espionage.

We want China to discontinue its policies of forced technology transfer; the reverse engineering of products; and the production and proliferation of counterfeits and dangerous fakes that are being sold to consumers on e-commerce platforms throughout the world.


Remarks at the Claremont Institute 40th Anniversary Gala: "A Foreign Policy From the Founding" - Indo-Pacific

"On China, the President has taken action to stop China from stealing our stuff. No longer will American companies be forced to hand over their technological crown jewels as the price of doing business in China. (Applause.) When a deal doesn’t work for the United States, no deal shall be done. (Applause.)

We have bolstered our military presence in the South China Sea, and we’ve put nations on notice around the world that the sale of key infrastructure and technology companies to China threatens their…

Remarks by President Trump and President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

"PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have President Moon of South Korea with us and a very, very great privilege to have Mrs. Kim. Thank you very much. Very much. We hope you enjoy your stay.

We are discussing many, many important things, including, obviously, North Korea, the relationships with North Korea. I had, in many respects, a very good meeting. We did not fulfill what we wanted to, but in many ways, we — certain things were agreed to.

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

On April 11, 2019, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed President Moon Jae-in and Madam Kim Jung-sook of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the White House. President Trump and President Moon discussed our two countries’ mutual goals of achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and establishing a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the way forward with the DPRK following the Hanoi Summit. President Trump reiterated that he has…

President Trump's Meeting with South Korean President Moon

Interview With Norah O'Donnell of CBS This Morning - China, North Korea, and South Korea

"QUESTION: First, let’s talk about Mar-a-Lago. A Chinese woman goes into the President’s private club, she’s got four cell phones, she’s got malware. Is this an act of espionage?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I can’t talk about the details of the incident. There’s an active investigation taking place. But I think this tells the American people the threat that China poses, the efforts that they’re making here inside the United States not only against government officials, but more broadly. It’s one of the topics that’s being…

Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

"Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha March 29 in Washington. They discussed coordinated efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) and updated each other on respective U.S. and R.O.K. engagements with the D.P.R.K. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang praised the enduring strength of the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance. Both sides expressed their commitment to cooperation across the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and the R.O.K. New Southern Policy, as well as…