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 Meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

"Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne today to discuss coordination of U.S. and Australia policy in the Indo-Pacific, including through the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), as well as trilateral infrastructure cooperation with Japan, and Quad coordination with Japan and India. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Payne reaffirmed their commitment to engage with ASEAN, which remains at the heart of our respective visions for the Indo-Pacific. They also discussed the need to protect freedom and sovereignty 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…

Secretary Pompeo Remarks to the Press - Australia and China

"But first, too, I want to offer my condolences to the people of Australia for the tragic loss of life and property caused by the devastating wildfires across that region. America’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the emergency service personnel putting themselves in harm’s way. And the same goes, too, for the dozens of U.S. firefighting personnel who are standing side by side with our Australian friends, fighting the flames together. As I said when I was in Sydney just…

Secretary Ross's Speech at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

Remarks by Secretary Esper and Australian Defence Minister Reynolds Following Bilateral Engagement at the Pentagon

"SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK T. ESPER: OK, well good afternoon everyone. It's been my pleasure today to welcome Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds to the Pentagon. As you all know, the first trip I took as Secretary of Defense was when – to the Indo-pacific region. The first country I visited was Australia, and the first person I met with, Minister Reynolds. So it's great to welcome her here to the Pentagon and to discuss a wide range of issues.

As you know, our priority…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks at The Heritage Foundation

"The truth is that China is a strategic competitor at best that uses coercion and corruption as its tools of statecraft. (Applause.) The truth is that we can’t rely on failed strategies to convince Chairman Kim to give up his nuclear weapons; there’s still much work to be done. [...]And I traveled not just to Australia, India, and Thailand to present our vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, but I also had the opportunity to be the first Secretary of State in history to…

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…

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…