President Trump and First Lady Statement on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush December 1, 2018 Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment …

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On the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our …

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Excerpts of Remarks by President Trump in Press Gaggle

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. June 15, 2018 EXCERPTS OF REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN PRESS GAGGLE 9:03 A.M. EDT *             *             *             * Q    Mr. President, you have spoken so passionately about the circumstances that led to Otto Warmbier’s death. THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah. Q    In the same breath, you’re …

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Press Conference by President Trump

Press Conference by President Trump   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: June 12, 2018 Capella Hotel Singapore 4:15 P.M. SGT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  We appreciate it.  We’re getting ready to go back.  We had a tremendous 24 hours.  We’ve had a tremendous three months, actually, because this has been going on for quite a while.  …

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Remarks by President Trump after Meeting with Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol of the DPRK

Remarks by President Trump after Meeting with Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea   South Lawn 2:41 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  The meeting went very well.  We’ll be meeting on June 12th in Singapore.  It went very well.  It’s really a get-to-know-you kind of a situation. Mike has spent …

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Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis; John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS June 2, 2018 JOHN CHIPMAN:  Ministers, members of houses of parliament, delegates, welcome to the opening plenary of the 17th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. We have a very full program before us this morning, and so I’m delighted to be able to open …

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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State The Heritage Foundation Washington, DC May 21, 2018 MS JAMES: Good morning. (Applause.) Welcome to the Heritage Foundation. My name is Kay James and I have the honor of being the president here. It is a pleasure and honor to welcome our distinguished guest, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, back to …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo With Jonathan Karl of ABC’s This Week

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 28, 2018 QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, thank you for joining us on your very first trip as Secretary of State. SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Jonathan. It’s great to be with you. QUESTION: So I want to start with those incredible images that we saw of Kim Jong-un stepping into South …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. March 6, 2018 REMARKS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia Thank you.  Thank you so much, Dr. Cabrera, for the warm welcome.  And it is a pleasure to be here at George Mason, and I’m …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS 60 Minutes

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2018 MS BRENNAN: Rex Tillerson admits he was an unconventional choice for Secretary of State. He had no prior government experience. But as CEO of ExxonMobil, he had crisscrossed the globe striking deals with foreign leaders. Secretary Tillerson, a man who still considers himself a Boy …

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Statement of Susan Thornton Nominee to be Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Statement of Susan Thornton Nominee to be Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Senate Committee on Foreign Relations February 15, 2018 Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, members of the committee, it is my great honor to appear here today as the President’s nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia …

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Heather Nauert on Secretary Tillerson’s meeting with State Councilor Yang

“Secretary Tillerson hosted Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the State Department for a bilateral meeting on February 8, 2018.  They agreed on the importance of continuing a constructive and productive relationship aimed at cooperation on mutual challenges and addressing our differences forthrightly. During the meeting, both sides reaffirmed President Trump and President Xi’s commitment …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

REMARKS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas   Strong institutions and governments that are accountable to their people also secure their sovereignty against potential predatory actors that are now showing up in our hemisphere. China – as it does in emerging markets …

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REMARKS: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria January 17, 2018 Hoover Institute at Stanford University Stanford, California SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much. Well, good morning.  And I really, really appreciate this opportunity to swing down to Stanford while I was out on …

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Strengthening U.S. Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific for a More Secure and Prosperous Future

By  Susan Thornton  on January 8, 2018 In the first year of the Trump Administration, the United States worked tirelessly with our East Asian and Pacific allies and partners to strengthen cooperation and foster new relationships to address security threats and increase U.S. economic opportunities. As we move forward in 2018, I wanted to take a moment …

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Statement by Spokesperson Heather Nauert

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson January 9, 2018 Talks between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics The United States welcomes the January 9 meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure, and successful Winter Olympics …

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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s Interview with CNN

Interview With Elise Labott of CNN Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC January 5, 2018 QUESTION: Let’s start with North Korea. There was big news last night about the North and South arranging talks for next week, North Korea now coming to the table. Is that an opening maybe for talks with the U.S. …

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Remarks at the UN Security Council Ministerial Meeting on D.P.R.K.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak today. On behalf of the United States, I thank Japan and Foreign Minister Kono for convening this ministerial session on the growing threat from North Korea. Upon taking office, President Trump identified North Korea as the United States’s greatest national security threat. That judgment …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond,” the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson December 12, 2017 EXCEPTS OF REMARKS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond,” the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum December 12, 2017 Washington, D.C. SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, thank you so much, Stephen, for that warm welcome. *             *             *             …

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Press Statement: On the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The D.P.R.K.’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must …

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Efforts To Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 I visited Naypyitaw, Burma on November 15, where I met separately with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to Burma’s successful democratic transition …

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Press Briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary November 9, 2017 PRESS BRIEFING BY SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON World China Hotel Beijing, China 3:21 P.M. CST It is a pleasure to be back in Beijing.  As you know, this is the third stop of the President’s lengthy trip.  So we’re kind of at the …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea in Joint Press Conference | Seoul, Republic of Korea

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea 5:20 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) I extend my heartfelt welcome to the visit by Your Excellency, President Donald Trump, and Madam First Lady to the Republic of Korea. His visit marks the first state visit by the U.S. President to Korea in 25 years. And President Trump …

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U.S. rushes help to Rohingya refugees

By Christopher Connell Oct 30, 2017 The United States is sending tens of millions of dollars in lifesaving assistance to ease the plight of the Rohingya who have fled their homes in Burma. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has voiced extreme concern about the reported atrocities against the Muslim minority and called for an immediate …

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Remarks on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State John J. Hamre, CEO for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Center for Strategic & International Studies Washington, DC October 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, John, and it is a real pleasure to be back in the building. And I was asking John if …

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Beijing September 28 – October 1 to meet with senior Chinese leaders. Secretary Tillerson will discuss a range of issues, including the President’s planned travel to the region, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and trade and investment. Secretary Tillerson’s visit to China reaffirms the Administration’s …

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North Korea’s Missile Launch

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 14, 2017 North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation. United Nations Security Council …

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Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 21, 2017 Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia Fort Myer Arlington, Virginia 9:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please be seated. Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, …

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Mattis and Tillerson: “We’re Holding Pyongyang to Account”

“In response, the Trump administration, with the support of the international community, is applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dismantling of the regime’s ballistic-missile programs. We are replacing the failed policy of ‘strategic patience,’ which expedited the North Korean …

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Excerpts from Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks, August 1, 2017

One of the first threats we were confronted with upon entering office is North Korea, and it was the first policy area that we felt an urgency to deal with. And I think, as many of you have watched over the last several months, that threat has materialized in the ways that we expected it …

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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross: “Free-Trade is a Two-Way Street”

SECRETARY OF COMMERCE WILBUR ROSS: “FREE-TRADE IS A TWO-WAY STREET” “The Trump administration believes in free and fair trade and will use every available tool to counter the protectionism of those who pledge allegiance to free trade while violating its core principles. The U.S. is working to restore a level playing field, and under President …

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Statement From Secretary Wilbur Ross And Secretary Steven Mnuchin Following the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

Departments of Commerce and the Treasury Washington, D.C. July 19, 2017  Statement From Secretary Wilbur Ross And Secretary Steven Mnuchin Following the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue We thank Vice Premier Wang and the Chinese delegation for making the journey to Washington for this first session of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue. We also …

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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Branstad on the passing of Liu Xiaobo, July 13, 2017

I join Secretary Tillerson in mourning the death of Liu Xiaobo, a courageous advocate who dedicated his life to the pursuit of democracy and liberty. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Liu Xia, his family and friends, and the Chinese people. A poet and scholar, Mr. Liu received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON July 13, 2017 On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo Today, I join those in China and around the world in mourning the tragic passing of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving a lengthy prison sentence in China for promoting peaceful democratic reform.  Mr. Liu …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Death of Liu Xiaobo

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 13, 2017 Statement from the Press Secretary on the Death of Liu Xiaobo   President Donald J. Trump was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and prominent Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo. The President’s heartfelt condolences go …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON July 13, 2017 On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo Today, I join those in China and around the world in mourning the tragic passing of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving a lengthy prison sentence in China for promoting peaceful democratic reform.  Mr. Liu …

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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Branstad on the passing of Liu Xiaobo, July 13, 2017

I join Secretary Tillerson in mourning the death of Liu Xiaobo, a courageous advocate who dedicated his life to the pursuit of democracy and liberty.  My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Liu Xia, his family and friends, and the Chinese people.  A poet and scholar, Mr. Liu received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize …

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Ambassador Haley’s remarks at the UN Emergency Session on DPRK

Thank you, Mr. President. To my friends on the Security Council, I must say that today is a dark day. It is a dark day because yesterday’s actions by North Korea made the world a more dangerous place. Their illegal missile launch was not only dangerous, but reckless and irresponsible. It showed that North Korea …

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Ambassador Terry Branstad Arrives in Beijing!

US Ambassador to the Peoples’ Republic of China Terry Branstad and his family have arrived in China and met with the press at his official residence Wednesday, June 28.   His wife Christine, daughter Alison and her husband Jerry Costa, and granddaughters have joined him in Beijing. During the media event he said: “We recognize this …

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U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad Will Soon Arrive in Beijing

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will soon arrive in Beijing as the personal representative of the U.S. President to China.  In advance of his arrival, Ambassador Branstad, who was sworn in on May 24, recorded a video message for the Chinese people: http://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rr7uhp10.html

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US-China Hold Inaugural Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) in Washington D.C.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis hosted Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, Chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s Joint Staff Department for the inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) on June 21, 2017 together with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials. This new, high-level framework …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis At a Joint Press Availability

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis At a Joint Press Availability June 21, 2017 Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, D.C. SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Hello.  Good afternoon, all.  I do want to thank Secretary Mattis, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and PLA Chief of Joint Staff Fang Fenghui for a day of very productive …

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U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue to Be Held June 21, 2017

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE June 15, 2017 U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue to Be Held June 21, 2017 The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense today announced that the inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) will be held in Washington, D.C. …

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Shanghai CAO Relays Tillerson’s Support of LGBTI at Pride Week Film Festival

Cultural Affairs Officer Joshua Lustig relayed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s message of support for the LGBTI community to an audience of 70 activists and the general public at the opening of the American portion of ShanghaiPRIDE’s pride week film festival.  Public Affairs was a co-sponsor for the event, which helped ShanghaiPRIDE obtain copyrights to …

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United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

On March 2nd, I had the honor of being sworn in as the 14th Secretary of Energy of the United States, representing the Administration of President Donald J. Trump. My job is to promote the development of a diverse and reliable American energy portfolio, ensure the resiliency of our energy infrastructure, and to continually push …

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28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON June 4, 2017 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Chinese government’s violent suppression of a peaceful protest that took place in and around Tiananmen Square. We call again on China to make a full accounting of those …

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Joint Press Release: Initial Results of the 100-Day Action Plan of the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

5/11/2017  Washington – President of the United States Donald Trump and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping agreed at their Mar-a-Lago meeting to advance U.S. – China economic cooperation with a 100-day action plan under the framework of the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue. Under the leadership of the co-chairs, Secretary of …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks to U.S. Department of State Employees

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks to U.S. Department of State Employees May 3, 2017 Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, D.C.  SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good morning.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you. Are we on?  Can you all hear me back there in the back?  Can you hear me now?  (Laughter.)  Can you hear me now? AUDIENCE:  Yes. SECRETARY …

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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Session on D.P.R.K.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council. According to UN Security Council Resolution 2321, a stated objective of this council is North …

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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.  Upon assuming office, President Trump ordered a thorough …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the United States-China Visit

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary April 7, 2017 Statement from the Press Secretary on the United States-China Visit President Donald J. Trump was pleased to host Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madam Peng Liyuan at Mar-a-Lago over the last two days. This visit was a great opportunity for both presidents and their …

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Secretary of State Tillerson Remarks at West Palm Beach Airport before the arrival of the President Xi

“The Trump administration remains dedicated to working with China toward mutual goals of respect, security, and prosperity. As we do so, we will not shy away from frank discussions which are necessary to narrow our differences. I hope President Xi, First Lady Madam Peng, and the entire Chinese delegation enjoy their visit to the United …

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Remarks at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State The Department of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, and thank you all for traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in this counter-ISIS/Daesh ministerial conference. It is indeed encouraging to see the attendance. When the forces of ISIS and Daesh tune into their TVs and …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Travel to China, March 18-19, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Beijing, March 18-19, his first official visit to China. He met with President Xi, State Councilor Yang and Foreign Minister Wang to pursue a constructive and results-based relationship with China. From Department of State:  https://www.state.gov/secretary/travel/2017/t3/index.htm 03/19/17  Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) ; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC 03/19/17  Remarks With President Xi Jinping Before Their Meeting ;  Secretary of State Rex W. …

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Ambassadors to China

Leonard Freel Woodcock (伍德科克) Appointment: Feb. 27, 1979 Presentation of Credentials: Mar. 7, 1979 Termination of Mission: Left post Feb 13, 1981. Arthur W. Hummel, Jr. (恒安石) Appointment: Jul 30, 1981 Presentation of Credentials: Sep 24, 1981 Termination of Mission: Left post Sep 24, 1985 Winston Lord (洛德) Appointment: Nov 6, 1985 Presentation of Credentials: …

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STATEMENT: Secretary of State Tillerson to Travel to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON March 7, 2017 Secretary of State Tillerson to Travel to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and China March 15-19, his first visit as Secretary to the East Asia and Pacific region. In …

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Here’s President Trump’s first address to Congress

President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Yang Jiechi

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release READOUT February 28, 2017 Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Yang Jiechi The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met today with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi …

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Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Call with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 21, 2017 The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Today, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by phone with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Secretary Tillerson and State Councilor Yang affirmed the importance of a constructive bilateral relationship. The two sides agreed on …

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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Tillerson …

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The Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J.  TRUMP – AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY INAUGURAL ADDRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort …

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America First Foreign Policy

The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground. Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will …

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Veteran Recollections

In this section, we share memories of World War II veterans. From Wayne Johnson, the 23rd Fighter Group, 14th Air Force  “The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought on a surge of patriotism throughout America. I signed up for the U.S. Army Air Corps on 8 December, 1941… After completion of the Air Corps pilot …

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2016 Independence Day Reception – Consul General Remarks

Good afternoon, Vice Governor Mr. Bing Zhigang, CPPCC Liaoning Vice Chairman Mr. Teng Weiping, fellow consuls general and distinguished guests from all over Northeast China, welcome to our celebration of the 240th birthday of the United States of America! This is my third year celebrating Independence Day with you, and as many of you know, …

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2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year

The U.S. National Travel and Tourism Strategy set a goal of welcoming 100 million international visitors to the United States by the end of 2021. As the second largest source of spending on U.S. travel and tourism, China is essential to achieving this goal. In 2014, Chinese visitors spent $24 billion traveling to U.S. cities, …

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U.S. and Chinese Drug Enforcement Agencies Meet on Synthetic Opioid Efforts

September 29, 2016 Contact: DEA Public Affairs (202) 307-7977 U.S. and Chinese Drug Enforcement Agencies Meet on Synthetic Opioid Efforts Meeting held to discuss ways to improve and enhance U.S.-China joint drug investigations SEP 29 (WASHINGTON) – This week the heads of the national drug-control agencies for the United States and the People’s Republic of …

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President Attends Hangzhou G20 Summit

September 4-6, Hangzhou – President Barack Obama attended his tenth and final G20 summit in Hangzhou.  During the summit, President Obama and President Xi affirmed their commitment to managing differences and expanding cooperation on a range of issues.  UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon joined Obama and Xi when they formally joined the Paris Agreement, marking …

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U.S. and China Joining the Paris Agreement

John Kerry Secretary of State Hangzhou, China September 3, 2016 Today the United States and China demonstrated their continued, shared commitment to climate leadership when, on the margins of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China, President Obama and President Xi deposited each country’s official instrument to formally join the Paris Agreement reached last December. …

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U.S.-China Climate Change Cooperation Outcomes

President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping have forged a historic partnership between the United States and China to lead in combatting climate change. From the Sunnylands meeting in 2013, to the landmark November 2014 Joint Announcement on Climate Change and the September 2015 and March 2016 Joint Presidential Statements on Climate Change, leadership by …

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FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change

Today, the United States and China formally joined the Paris Agreement in a ceremony in Hangzhou, China.  President Obama and President Xi deposited each country’s official instrument to join the agreement with United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.  Today’s announcement marks another milestone in President Obama and President Xi’s legacy of climate leadership and represents …

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Readout of the President’s Meeting with President Xi Jinping of China

The President met today with President Xi Jinping of China.  The two leaders commended the progress achieved in strengthening the foundation of the bilateral relationship and committed to continuing to manage differences constructively and expand practical cooperation on regional and global challenges.  Both leaders expressed satisfaction with jointly joining the Paris climate agreement and pledged to work together …

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100th Anniversary of the National Park Service statement by the President of the United States of America

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In 1872, the Congress established Yellowstone National Park — the first park of its kind anywhere in the world. Decades later, the passage of the Antiquities Act in 1906 created our first national historic preservation policy. Under this new authority, and heavily inspired by …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Trip to China and Laos

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 18, 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Trip to China and Laos President Obama will travel to China and Laos September 2-9, 2016.  This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the G-20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation as …

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Joint Statement of the Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 25, 2016 The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, met in Vientiane, Laos, on 25 July 2016, for the sixth ministerial meeting of the …

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Background Briefing with a Senior Administration Official on National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s Visit to China

OPENING STATEMENT:  National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at her meeting with PRC President Xi Jinping July 25, 2016, Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR RICE: Thank you very much, Mr. President, I am very grateful for your warm welcome, receiving me again, and I bring you warmest greetings from President …

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Opening Statement: National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at her meeting with PRC President Xi Jinping

July 25, 2016, Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR RICE: Thank you very much, Mr. President, I am very grateful for your warm welcome, receiving me again, and I bring you warmest greetings from President Obama and Mrs. Obama to you and Madam Peng.  The President is very much looking forward …

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American Performers March to the Beat of a Different Drum in Chengdu

July 9, Chengdu – Assistant Public Affairs Officer Elizabeth Jones opened the first Chengdu Fancy Music Drum Festival, which hosted eight world-renowned drummers, including 4 Americans, for two days of performances and master classes in Chengdu. The drummers represented the diversity and innovation of the American music scene and encouraged the amateur musicians in the …

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FACT SHEET: Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of LGBT Persons

Throughout the Obama Administration, the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons has been a specific focus of our engagement around the world.  U.S. diplomacy, foreign assistance and other activities abroad have all sought to advance this goal, ensuring that efforts to promote and protect LGBT human …

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Remarks by the First Lady at Stanford Center at Peking University

Remarks of First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama Stanford Center at Peking University Beijing, China March 22nd, 2014 Ni-Hao.  It is such a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you at this great university…thank you so much for having me. And before I get started today, on behalf of …

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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Meeting with American and Chinese Students at Peking University

Note: This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people in the U.S. You can read all of the First Lady’s posts at WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip . This morning, I had the privilege of visiting Peking University and speaking with Chinese students and American students …

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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Our Official Visit to China Begins

After a long flight from Washington, D.C. – one that took around 20 hours – my mother, my daughters, and I arrived in Beijing to begin our official visit to China.  Our first stop was at the Beijing Normal School, where we were hosted by Madam Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China. Madam Peng …

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The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Touring the Forbidden City

March 21, 2014 09:24 AM EDT Note: This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people in the U.S. You can read all of the First Lady’s posts at  WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip . After visiting the Beijing Normal School, Madame Peng took Sasha and Malia, …

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