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

Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference | Davos, Switzerland - China

"And we are now, by far, the biggest economy in the world. China would have caught us. They were getting very close. It was anticipated that, in 2019 — this is for many years; I’m not telling you any secrets — that, by 2019, China would become the largest economy in the world. And right now we’re much larger. But we have a great new deal with China. A great deal.

And we have, I would say, our best relationship that we’ve ever had with…

President Trump's Remarks on US Trade Deal with China

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…

President Trump's Interview with CNBC - China

Remarks by President Trump at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and Trade Show -China

"But, on Wednesday, after two years of hard-fought negotiations, where the farmers and ranchers stood with me all the way — they knew we had to do it. It wasn’t done by other administrations. They didn’t want to do it because it was nasty. We signed a groundbreaking trade agreement with China. (Applause.)

Under this landmark agreement, China will now be purchasing $40- to $50 billion of American agricultural products every single year, tripling our agricultural exports to China.

You know, we had a deal…

Secretary Pompeo With Greg Cassidy of The Bob Rose Show with Greg Cassidy, WSKY-FM Gainesville - China

"QUESTION: And also, I know you met with some of the Costa Rican leaders as well, and in – I think it was – had to do with Chinese influence. I also saw a story recently where there was a large development that they had tried to get underway for some years now involving Frank Biden, the brother of the former vice president. Does any of these things – are there connections between any of these things? Because Joe Biden was, of course, in charge…

The United States Imposes Further Sanctions on Iran’s Petrochemical Industry

"Today, the United States is taking new steps as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign to deny the Iranian regime all sources of revenue to fund its destabilizing activities. The Department of State is imposing sanctions on Chinese company Shandong Qiwangda Petrochemical Co. Ltd., Hong Kong-based Triliance Petrochemical, and Hong Kong entity Jiaxiang Industry Hong Kong Limited for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, or transport of petrochemical products from Iran, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13846. We are…

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks at the Sumter County Fairgrounds in Bushnell, Florida - China

"Last week, you saw a winning trade deal with China. (Applause.) President Trump had just a simple way of thinking about this, which is: Well, this relationship’s just not fair. When an American company wanted to go sell their products in China – when I was a small business owner, I saw this – it was really hard to do. When an American company wanted to go invest in China, it was really difficult to do. But when China wanted to come here, we made…

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President Trump's Remarks on Trade Deal with China

Remarks by President Trump in Luncheon with Vice Premier Liu He of the People’s Republic of China

"PRESIDENT TRUMP: I thought that we would do it the way other; that the more I thought about this, the better it is. It’s — you can get your arms around it better the way we’ve got it. I like it better the way we’ve done it.

I just want to say this is a great day for both China and the United States. This is an agreement that people have been talking about for 40 years and never were able to get even a…

Vice President Pence Interview with Lou Dobbs - China

President Trump Signs Trade Agreement with China

Secretary Esper and [Japanese Defense] Minister Kono Press Conference

"SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK T. ESPER: Well good afternoon, everyone. Minister Kono, it is a pleasure to host you today as we honor the strong defense relationship between the United States and Japan. This Sunday, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

The agreement formalized our commitment to addressing shared security concerns on the basis of freedom and democracy. Since then, we have united to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to uphold…