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 Esper's Remarks at the CSIS Global Security Forum - China, North Korea, and Alliances in the Indo-Pacific

Presidential Message on Lunar New Year, 2020

"Melania joins me in sending our warmest greetings to people in the United States and throughout the world celebrating the Lunar New Year.

On this occasion, we join millions around the globe in welcoming the Year of the Rat and embracing a new year filled with opportunities to make a positive impact in the lives of others. As those of Asian heritage celebrate this special time of year through fireworks, food, and fellowship with loved ones, we wish them happiness, health, and prosperity in the…

Australia National Day

"On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Australian people on the occasion of Australia Day on January 26.

The U.S.– Australia relationship is an admirable example of how two countries can work together to bring peace, stability, and prosperity to our people and the world. The tragic loss of life and property from the devastating Australian wildfires saddens us deeply. The surge in donations from Americans concerned about their Australian friends and the warm reception…

Readout from Secretary Esper's Minister with New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark

"Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met today with New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark at the Pentagon.

Secretary Esper and Minister Mark discussed bilateral defense relations and reviewed pressing regional and global security issues. The meeting reinforced the close relationship between New Zealand and the United States, one of our closest and most reliable partners.

Secretary Esper and Minister Mark committed to continued close cooperation and collaboration on a wide range of defense and security priorities."

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

"I send my best wishes to all our friends around the world, celebrating the Lunar New Year on January 25.

As the Year of the Rat represents the beginning of a new day, let us use this opportunity to renew our commitment to shared resilience and partnership, as we work together to build a world of prosperity and opportunity for all."

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Statement from the President on the 60th Anniversary of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security

"On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, I would like to offer my congratulations and best regards to the outstanding Japanese and American leaders present today, including my good friend Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and Defense Minister Taro Kono.

Over the past six decades, the rock-solid Alliance between our two great nations has been essential to peace, security, and prosperity for the United States, Japan, the Indo-Pacific region…

Joint Statement on Sixtieth Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security Between the United States of America and Japan

"The text of the following statement was released by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for the Government of the United States of America and by Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Taro Kono for the Government of Japan on the occasion of 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States of America and Japan.

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Sixty years ago, on January 19, Japan and the United States of America…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks on US Alliance with Japan

Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper's Remarks on US Alliance with South Korea

"American presidents have long asked allies to pay more for their own defense—often with lackluster results. But both the U.S. and South Korea now face strategic challenges so large and complex that neither country can afford to allow the status quo to continue. That’s the context of America’s discussions with South Korea about a new special measures agreement.

The U.S.-South Korea alliance is the linchpin of peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia. Shared values of democracy, the rule of law and open economies form the…

Readout of Secretary Esper's Meeting With Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono

"On January 14, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper hosted Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono at the Pentagon, where they reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance and reflected on its evolution since the signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security sixty years ago.

Secretary Esper and Minister Kono exchanged views on the Middle East and affirmed their commitment to advancing maritime security goals in the region. Secretary Esper reiterated the U.S. commitment to the full implementation of President Trump and Chairman Kim’s…