Uniform Global National Interest Exceptions to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Uniform Global National Interest Exceptions to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions April 27, 2021 New National Interest Exceptions Under Presidential Proclamations Allows Issuance of Student Visas for Applicants who have been present in the People’s Republic of China  In keeping with the Department of State’s commitment to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States, Secretary Blinken decided to apply several National Interest Exceptions to all regional ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate

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Statement on Supporting Innovation by Small Businesses this World IP Day

On April 26, we recognize World IP Day, an annual celebration of innovators and creators, and the benefits that intellectual property (IP) rights bring to our economies, our societies, and our daily lives. This year’s theme is Intellectual property and small businesses: Taking big ideas to market, and comes at a time when small- and ... Read More»

Statement of President Joe Biden on Senate Passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

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Remarks by President Biden at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Opening Session

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Opening Remarks at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate

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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to Participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate

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“Tackling the Crisis and Seizing the Opportunity: America’s Global Climate Leadership”

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U.S.-China Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Crisis

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U.S. Embassy Beijing Announces “Art for the People” Public Exhibit

U.S. Embassy Beijing Announces “Art for the People” Public Exhibit April 2021 “Behind the storm of daily conflict and crisis, the dramatic confrontations, the tumult of political struggle, the poet, the artist, the musician, continues the quiet work of centuries, building bridges of experience between peoples, reminding man of the universality of his feelings and ... Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea

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New Guidelines for U.S. Government Interactions with Taiwan Counterparts

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“Art for the People” Artworks and Artist Information

Clay McAndrews “My hope for this mural is to spread peace. I encourage people to interact with it, photograph it and share it with your network. By doing so you are spreading peace.” Clay McAndrews is the Founder and Co-Director of the Bright Walls Mural Festival , which takes place in Jackson, Michigan. He earned a degree in Graphic ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Additional Actions to Respond to Anti-Asian Violence, Xenophobia and Bias

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United States-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral National Security Advisors’ Press Statement

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Hong Kong Policy Act Report

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On Transgender Day of Visibility

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Joint Statement on the WHO-Convened COVID-19 Origins Study

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

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President Biden Invites 40 World Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate

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PRC Sanctions on U.S. Officials

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The United States Strongly Condemns the Recent Killing of People in Burma, including Children, by the Burmese Military

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Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

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Treasury Sanctions Chinese Government Officials in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuse in Xinjiang

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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuse with Our Partners

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Joint Statement on Xinjiang

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Remarks at the Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue Opening Plenary

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Director Yang And State Councilor Wang At the Top of Their Meeting

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Statements to the Press

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Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, and Defense Minister Suh Wook at a Joint Press Availability

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Joint Statement of the 2021 Republic of Korea – United States Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting (“2+2”)

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U.S.-ROK Alliance – Expanding Bilateral Cooperation for the 21st Century

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 17, 2021 Office of the Spokesperson Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and the Republic of Korea Minister for Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong reaffirmed the vital importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast Asia, in a free and open Indo-Pacific, ... Read More»

Strengthening the Ironclad U.S.-ROK Alliance

03/17/2021 11:11 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson “America’s alliances are our greatest asset, and leading with diplomacy means standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and key partners once again.” – President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., February 4, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will travel to Seoul, ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong Before Their Meeting

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Update to Report on Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China Under the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law

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Final Adoption of the U.S. Universal Periodic Review

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

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Hong Kong Autonomy Act Update

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Freedom of Navigation Report Annual Release

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U.S.-Japan Joint Press Statement

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi

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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Suga

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The United States and Japan Expand Indo-Pacific Economic Cooperation

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G7 Statement on Hong Kong Electoral Changes

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Assault on Democracy in Hong Kong

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Secretary Blinken and NSA Sullivan’s Meeting with PRC Counterparts

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 10, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will meet on March 18 in Anchorage, Alaska with People’s Republic of China (PRC) Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi.  The meeting will take place following ... Read More»

“A Foreign Policy for the American People”

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A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

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USDA, FDA: No Transmission of COVID-19 Through Food or Food Packaging

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Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

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Remarks by President Biden on the More Than 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

Remarks by President Biden on the More Than 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19 Cross Hall 6:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule.  It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19.  Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead.  That’s more Americans who have ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Burma

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement 02/19/2021 07:49 AM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented ... Read More»

U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Meeting on Shared North Korea-Related Challenges

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Fact Sheet: President Biden to Take Action on Global Health through Support of COVAX and Calling for Health Security Financing

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Remarks by President Biden at the 2021 Virtual Munich Security Conference

East Room 11:17 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Ambassador.  And it’s great to be with Angela and Emmanuel.  We just spent part of — from Washington’s perspective — the morning together.  But I want to say hello to everyone and thanks, you — at the Munich Conference for hosting this special session. For ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Quad Ministers

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access

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Launch of the Canadian-drafted “Declaration Against the Use of Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations”

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Xi Jinping of China

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U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

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Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

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Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with PRC Director Yang

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation in Burma

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation in Burma 02/03/2021 07:39 AM EST  Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text:  We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, ... Read More»

Executive Order on Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform

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Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States

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Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus

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Additional Restrictions on the Issuance of Visas for People’s Republic of China Officials Engaged in Human Rights Abuses

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New Sanctions Under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA)

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Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative

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Disqualification of Pan-Democratic Lawmakers in Hong Kong

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Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien

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Requirements: Water testing service. All firms that respond to the solicitation must be technically qualified and financially responsible to perform the work. At a minimum, each offeror must meet the following requirements when submitting their proposal: • Be able to understand written and spoken English; • Have an established business with a permanent address and ... Read More»

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Enhancing Shared Prosperity for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific: A Snapshot of U.S. Government Efforts

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Covert, Coercive, and Corrupting: Countering the Chinese Communist Party’s Malign Influence in Free Societies

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Arrest of Eight Pan-Democratic Politicians in Hong Kong

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2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Promotes Free and Open Indo-Pacific

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Launch of the U.S.-EU Dialogue on China

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons

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Around the world, people celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride during the month of June.  This year, as we celebrate with friends, colleagues, neighbors, and family members, we take the opportunity to recognize the value our communities gain from each member of society, and the need for inclusive and supportive environments.  The ... Read More»

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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement On China’s Attempted Coercion of the United Kingdom

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 9, 2020 On China’s Attempted Coercion of the United Kingdom The United States stands with our allies and partners against the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics. In the latest example, Beijing has reportedly threatened to punish ... Read More»

United States Designates Key Iranian Shipping Entities under Proliferation Authority as Tehran Continues to Expand Proliferation Sensitive Activities

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 8, 2020 United States Designates Key Iranian Shipping Entities under Proliferation Authority as Tehran Continues to Expand Proliferation Sensitive Activities Today, sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company Ltd (E-Sail) have come into effect. Six ... Read More»

On the Chinese Communist Party’s Obscene Propaganda

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 6, 2020  The Chinese Communist Party’s callous exploitation of the tragic death of George Floyd to justify its authoritarian denial of basic human dignity exposes its true colors yet again. As with dictatorships throughout history, no lie is too obscene, so long as it serves the Party’s lust for power. This laughable ... Read More»

Remarks at International Women of Courage Honorary Awards Ceremony: Tiananmen Mothers

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Commemorating the 31st Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 4, 2020 Statement from the Press Secretary Commemorating the 31st Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre The American people reflect on the courage and optimism of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens who gathered peacefully 31 years ago in Beijing and throughout China to protest widespread official corruption and demand a ... Read More»

Health Alert: Commercial Flight Update

Location:  People’s Republic of China Event: The Department of Transportation announced that it will suspend the scheduled passenger operations of all Chinese carriers to and from the United States, effective June 16, 2020, unless effectuated sooner by the President of the United States.  Travelers are encouraged to check the following site for the latest guidance and ... Read More»

Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 4, 2020 The United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance for more than a half century, saving lives all over the planet. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have truly mobilized as a nation to combat the ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

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Travel Advisory – U.S. Embassy Beijing, People’s Republic of China (May 29, 2020)

Location:  People’s Republic of China Notice – Commercial Flight Availability Limitations to Continue through June 30th:  The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) plans to extend its “Five Ones” flight policy until June 30th – each (one) country can send one flight from one airline via one route once per week.  To date, four Chinese airlines ... Read More»

31st Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON June 3, 2020 31st Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Today we honor the brave Chinese people whose peaceful calls for democracy, human rights, and a corruption-free society came to a violent end when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sent the People’s Liberation Army into Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, armed with tanks and guns. ... Read More»

U.S. Limits the PLA’s Ability to Use Visa Programs to Illicitly Acquire U.S. Technologies and Intellectual Property

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President Trump is Protecting America from China’s Efforts to Steal Technology and Intellectual Property

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 29, 2020 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS PROTECTING AMERICA FROM CHINA’S EFFORTS TO STEAL TECHNOLOGY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY   “Protecting the innovations, creations, and inventions that power our country are vital to our economic prosperity and national security.” – President Donald J. Trump SAFEGUARDING NATIONAL SECURITY: President Donald J. Trump is dismantling ... Read More»

Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrant of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is engaged in a wide‑ranging and heavily resourced campaign to acquire sensitive United States technologies and intellectual property, in part to bolster the modernization and capability of its military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).  The PRC’s acquisition of sensitive United States technologies and intellectual property to modernize its military is a ... Read More»

Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 27, 2020 Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program Today, I am announcing the end of the sanctions waiver covering all remaining JCPOA-originating nuclear projects in Iran – the Arak reactor conversion, the provision of enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor, and the ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Hong Kong

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Freedom Online Coalition Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom

May 27, 2020 The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is a group of 31 countries deeply committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). We believe that the human rights and fundamental freedoms that individuals have offline must also be protected online. We are committed ... Read More»

PRC National People’s Congress Proposal on Hong Kong National Security Legislation

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 27, 2020 PRC National People’s Congress Proposal on Hong Kong National Security Legislation Last week, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress announced its intention to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong. Beijing’s disastrous decision is only the latest ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Secretary Michael Pompeo May 23, 2020, Washington, DC  Susan and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Over the past month, Muslims at home and abroad have fasted, centered around spiritual reflection, community and values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity, and have adapted to practicing their faith ... Read More»

PRC Proposal to Impose National Security Legislation on Hong Kong

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 22, 2020 PRC Proposal to Impose National Security Legislation on Hong Kong The United States condemns the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress proposal to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong. The decision to bypass Hong Kong’s well-established legislative processes and ignore ... Read More»

USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

Office of the United States Trade Representative FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 21, 2020     Contact: USTR Public & Media Affairs media@ustr.eop.gov                             Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement Washington, DC –  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced additional progress in the ... Read More»

Standing with the Iranian People

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 20, 2020 Standing with the Iranian People Today, the United States is imposing financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Iranian individuals and entities under human rights-related authorities. These actions with respect to 12 Iranian individuals and entities by the Department of State and Department of the Treasury send ... Read More»

Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 20, 2020 Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. ... Read More»

The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air’s Operations in China

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United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria

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American Journalists Based in Hong Kong

05/17/2020 03:56 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State It has recently come to my attention that the Chinese government has threatened to interfere with the work of American journalists in Hong Kong. These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda cadres, and their valuable reporting informs Chinese citizens and the world. ... Read More»

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO: The United States Protects National Security and Integrity of 5G Networks

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Ambassador Branstad commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB).  In 2004, IDAHOTB was founded in order to bring attention the discrimination and violence faced by members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTI) community.  The date of May 17 was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify ... Read More»

The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 14, 2020 The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research The United States condemns attempts by cyber actors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to steal U.S. intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research, as announced in ... Read More»

Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports to the United States

05/11/2020 04:13 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The Department of State plays an important role in protecting wildlife all over the world. As part of that mission, each year the Secretary of State (or the Secretary’s delegate) certifies to Congress that governments and authorities of shrimp-harvesting nations and economies have programs to reduce the ... Read More»

Leading the World Against Iran’s Threats

05/09/2020 04:49 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Two years ago, President Trump announced the bold decision to protect the world from Iran’s violence and the nuclear threats it poses by exiting from the flawed Iran Deal and its façade of security. Since that time, we have built the strongest sanctions in history ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War

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Secretary Pompeo at a Press Availability

05/06/2020 01:24 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. Press Briefing Room SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  It’s been 128 days since Chinese doctor Ai Fen – the director of the Wuhan Central Hospital’s emergency unit – shared information on the internet about a patient with a SARS-like virus.  Her colleague, Dr. ... Read More»

Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Builds Upon U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response

Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Builds Upon U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response   05/06/2020 10:46 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State As we work together to defeat the coronavirus at home, the United States stands with our global partners in their time of need, as we always have. A healthier world means ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor to the Miller Center at the University of Virginia

Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger to the Miller Center at the University of Virginia   FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: May 4, 2020 The following is the English language version of a speech that was delivered by Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger in Mandarin Chinese. Click here for Mandarin version. Good morning everyone.  I’m Matt Pottinger, the Deputy National ... Read More»

White House Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2020

In 1654, the first Jewish settlers arrived in New Amsterdam, present day New York City, seeking the freedom to practice their faith.  In the centuries since, Jewish Americans have contributed in countless ways to our country’s culture and character.  From the arts and sciences to business and public service, nearly every facet of our society ... Read More»

The U.S. is Leading the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Developing a Vaccine

05/04/2020 06:29 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson As outlined in its recent Action Plan , the United States is bringing together the brightest minds in U.S. government agencies, the private sector, universities, and overseas partners to develop vaccines and therapeutic interventions to protect the world from COVID-19.  The United States is using its G7 Presidency to ... Read More»

White House Proclamation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2020

ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2020 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Throughout our Nation’s history, Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have made significant contributions to every aspect of our society, from business and politics to literature and the arts.  ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Doing its Part to Keep America Safe, Healthy, and Running During the COVID-19 Pandemic

“We are winning, and will win, the war on the Invisible Enemy!”  – President Donald J. Trump In December 2019, the COVID-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China.  Unfortunately, the Chinese Communist Party delayed informing its citizens and other nations about the virus until it spread widely around the world, threatening Americans at home and abroad.  The Trump Administration, including ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Chengdu, People’s Republic of China (April 30, 2020)

Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Chengdu, People’s Republic of China (April 30, 2020) Location: People’s Republic of China Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with 3,167,448 reported cases worldwide as of April 29, 2020. Reduced Travel Options: American Citizens should expect a significant reduction in flights to ... Read More»

Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful

For years, Iran has claimed its space program is purely peaceful and civilian. The Trump Administration has never believed this fiction. This week’s launch of a military satellite by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, makes clear what we have said all along: Iran’s space program is neither peaceful nor entirely ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Beijing and All Consulates, People’s Republic of China (24 April, 2020)

In response to reports of discrimination against foreign citizens the Chinese government has reiterated that all public health measures, including mandatory testing and quarantine policies, apply equally to both Chinese citizens and foreigners. Government officials have also stated that they are committed to preventing or resolving instances of discrimination against foreign citizens present in China. If you ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press At a Press Availability

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. Press Briefing Room SECRETARY POMPEO: I want to lead off with three commemorations. First, we remember those slain in terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. That was one year ago yesterday. Second, this week the administration honors the annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance. This is ... Read More»

U.S. – ASEAN Partnering to Defeat COVID-19, Build Long-Term Resilience, and Support Economic Recovery

The United States and ASEAN are Partnering to Defeat COVID-19, Build Long-Term Resilience, and Support Economic Recovery 04/22/2020 11:31 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are enduring strategic partners as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for economic recovery. We commit to continue our collaboration with ASEAN to beat this pandemic and get back to the business of building ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Ramadan

On the Occasion of Ramadan 04/23/2020 08:13 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the American people, I extend my best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world as they mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of introspection, service, ... Read More»

U.S. Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response with More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO April 22, 2020 The United States Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response with More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  Through the ... Read More»

Presidential Message on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Since 1970, Earth Day has provided an opportunity for all Americans to come together to celebrate the majestic natural beauty of our Nation and the world.  The United States is blessed with breathtaking and plentiful natural wonders and resources, providing recreation and sustenance to millions throughout our country.  On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, ... Read More»

Proclamation on National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2020

Sexual Assault Awareness Month During National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting survivors of sexual assault, encouraging strong criminal justice responses to these crimes, and ending the scourge of sexual violence in our homes and communities.  As a Nation, we stand with the courageous men, women, and children who ... Read More»

The United States Calls for Wang Quanzhang’s Freedom of Movement and Release of Activists

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 20, 2020 The United States calls on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to allow human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s freedom of movement, including the ability to join his family in Beijing, now that he has been released after five years of unjust detention. ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Interview with Hugh Hewitt of the Hugh Hewitt Show

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Hugh Hewitt of The Hugh Hewitt Show We’ve now brought home over 65,000 people from 110 countries, 550-some flights.  It’s been quite the exercise, but it’s been great to get these people home back to their families.  We still have folks who are raising their hand saying they want to – their assistance getting home, and we’re going to work to get ... Read More»

Now Is Exactly the Time to Investigate the WHO’s Catastrophic Public Failures and Internal Rot

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President Trump is Demanding Accountability from the World Health Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2020 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION “I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people.  I will always put the well-being of America first.” – President Donald J. Trump ACCOUNTABILITY FOR AMERICAN ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi 04/15/2020 12:59 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Yang Jiechi, Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China.  The Secretary stressed the need for full transparency and information sharing to combat the COVID-19 ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Location: People’s Republic of China Event: Discrimination against African-Americans in Guangzhou In response to an increase in COVID-19 infections, officials in the Guangzhou metropolitan area escalated scrutiny of foreign nationals. As part of this campaign, police ordered bars and restaurants not to serve clients who appear to be of African origin. Moreover, local officials launched ... Read More»

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, AND MEMBERS OF THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE IN PRESS BRIEFING

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Mr. President. Under the President’s leadership, my team and I at the State Department are doing our part to protect the American people from the virus and, importantly, to get them home. As you know, when many countries shut down their rail lines, their buses, ... Read More»

Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO April 8, 2020 Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building on that leadership, with another $225 million in health, ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press 04/07/2020 02:34 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. Press Briefing Room SECRETARY POMPEO: Now to the topic of greatest concern these days, the coronavirus.  I’d like to speak in some detail about the State Department’s 24/7, worldwide efforts to repatriate American citizens from around the globe.  It’s one of the most ... Read More»