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.; former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis.


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President Trump's Remarks on Trade Negotiations with China

Secretary Pompeo's Remarks on Religious Freedom in China

Secretary Pompeo With Major Garrett of CBS Evening News - North Korea

"QUESTION: Let me move you to North Korea, because just before you came in, Mr. Secretary, a couple of things were announced by the state media in North Korea. One, that, according to Kim Jong-un on the state media, the world will, quote, “witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK,” meaning North Korea, in the near future, and that North Korea is ending its moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile testing.

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Secretary Pompeo With Mike Emanuel of Fox News Special Report - North Korea

"QUESTION: There was a bulletin a short time ago from the North Korean leader saying the world will see “new strategic weapon” in “near future.” Your assessment of that, sir?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ve seen that reporting publicly. It remains the case that we hope that Chairman Kim will take a different course. President Trump came into office with the threat of war from – with North Korea real and a true concern for the American people. He took a tack; we said we can…

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Representative Jeff Van Drew - China

"We have our great deal with China. China has already started to buy, with the farmers and with the manufacturers. Tremendous amounts of money are being spent back in the United States. And the farmers are happy. They had to put up with a lot, but we took care of them out of the subsidies that we were getting out of the tariffs that we were getting. But China is now buying very big in the farm belt and in the manufacturing belt also. They’re…

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.

Remarks by Secretary Ross at the U.S.-Japan Roundtable Washington Conference

"Thank you, Ambassador Morningstar for recognizing the need to create the Global Energy Center. We are all beneficiaries of all your hard work in promoting the great partnership that exists between the United States and Japan.Thank you also to our colleagues from the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry for being here from Japan. We greatly appreciate METI’s support for this, the 12th Annual U.S.-Japan Roundtable Washington Conference. And we especially look forward to hearing remarks from METI’s Deputy Commissioner of the Agency for Natural…