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, Secretary of Defense Esper, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Indian Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh at a Press Availability

"SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the two ministers from India. Welcome to Washington. Thank you for your leadership in the growing U.S.-India Strategic Partnership. Secretary Esper and I are honored to host the Second 2+2, the first one here in Washington, DC. The Trump administration has prioritized closer ties with New Delhi from President Trump and Prime Minster Modi’s event in Houston in September to this 2+2 Ministerial here today and my productive visit to India in the summer of this year.

Secretary Esper's Remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations

Readout of Secretary Esper's Bilateral Engagement With India Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh

"Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met with Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh of India to reaffirm our shared commitment to democratic values and a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Noting the importance both countries place on engagement with Southeast Asia, Secretary Esper highlighted opportunities to increase U.S.-India collaboration across the region and reinforce our commitment to a rules-based security architecture with ASEAN at its core. The Secretary also welcomed the deepening security ties between India and the United States—including the first-ever US-India tri-service exercise…