U.S. Citizens Voting Assistance

Voting Message for 2020 General Election (released on August 14, 2020) The  Federal Voting Assistance Program  and the Department of State’s page on  Absentee Voting Information  are the most up-to-date voting information resources for Americans living abroad. Please visit these websites to learn about deadlines and procedures for registering and voting. Overseas U.S. citizens usually need to register every year, which means mailing in your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) so that you’re …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 21, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Morning, everyone.  How are you all?  Pretty good, healthy?  Awesome. Look, today I want to talk about a number of multilateral initiatives that we’re advancing here at the State Department.  We’re cooperating with our partners and allies and friends across the world in unprecedented …

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Designation of Additional PRC Propaganda Outlets as Foreign Missions

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 21, 2020 Over the past decade, and particularly under General Secretary Xi Jinping’s tenure, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has asserted greater control over China’s state-backed propaganda outlets while trying to disguise them as independent news agencies.  General Secretary Xi himself has stated, “Party-owned media must. . . embody the party’s will, …

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons for Activities Related to Supporting the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines 10/19/2020 03:02 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The international community has long recognized that the Iranian regime uses the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) to transport proliferation-sensitive …

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Registration for the 2020 Virtual Indo-Pacific Business Forum Is Open

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 16, 2020 Senior U.S. and international government officials, global industry executives, and other partners from the United States and the Indo-Pacific business community will gather virtually on the evenings of October 27 and 28 in the United States (the mornings of October 28 and 29 in the Indo-Pacific region) for the 2020 …

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The Mekong River, Mekong Sovereignty, and the Future of Southeast Asia

REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS INDO-PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON STRENGTHENING TRANSBOUNDARY RIVER GOVERNANCE VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE OCTOBER 15, 2020 For full remarks in English, please click here: https://www.state.gov/remarks-at-indo-pacific-conference-on-strengthening-transboundary-river-governance

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United States Hosts Indo-Pacific Virtual Conference on Strengthening Governance of Transboundary Rivers

10/16/2020 06:39 PM EDT  Office of the Spokesperson  Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell provided opening remarks at the inaugural Indo-Pacific Conference on Strengthening Governance of Transboundary Rivers on October 15.  U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael DeSombre offered closing remarks.  The conference, organized in partnership with the East-West Center, convened policy-makers, academics, members of …

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Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China

Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China Under the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law    REPORT BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS OCTOBER 14, 2020 Pursuant to Section 5(a) of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act (“HKAA” or “Act”) (P. L. 116-149), not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of the HKAA, if …

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Release of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act Report

10/14/2020 03:15 PM EDT Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically dismantled the autonomy that Beijing promised to the Hong Kong people and the world in a UN-registered treaty. Through the imposition of the National Security Law, the CCP has crippled democratic institutions, human rights, judicial independence, and individual freedoms in …

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Designation of a United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO October 14, 2020 Designation of a United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues I am pleased to announce the concurrent designation of Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to serve …

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Joint Letter to Presidents of American Institutions of Higher Education and Affiliates

Joint Letter to Presidents of American Institutions of Higher Education and Affiliates Regarding the People’s Republic of China OTHER RELEASE MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE BETSY DEVOS, SECRETARY OF EDUCATION OCTOBER 9, 2020 Dear Presidents of American Institutions of Higher Education and Affiliates, At the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, we share a mission to …

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On Transparency and Foreign Funding of U.S. Think Tanks

On Transparency and Foreign Funding of U.S. Think Tanks 10/13/2020 10:38 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Department of State maintains close ties with the academic community, think tanks, and various external sources of expertise in foreign affairs to advance the interests of the United States. We welcome diverse views when doing …

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On the UN Human Rights Council’s Embrace of Authoritarian Regimes

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 13, 2020 In 2018, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to its well-established pattern of anti-Israel bias and membership rules that allow the election of the world’s worst human rights abusers to seats on the Council.  Prior to making this decision, and after …

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On the Arrests of Hong Kong Protestors

STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON October 3, 2020 On the Arrests of Hong Kong Protestors We are outraged at the Hong Kong government’s arbitrary arrest of more than 80 people on October 1.  A stable and prosperous Hong Kong depends on honoring the rights of assembly, free speech, and other fundamental freedoms.  By repressing peaceful …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on the People’s Republic of China National Day

People’s Republic of China National Day PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer my congratulations to the people of China on the occasion of their National Day on October 1. The United States wishes the people of China health, prosperity, …

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China’s Environmental Abuses

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Beijing is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases; the largest source of marine debris; the worst perpetrators of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the world’s largest consumer of trafficked wildlife and timber products.  While the Chinese people have suffered the worst environmental impacts of its actions, Beijing …

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China’s Empty Promises in the South China Sea

China’s Empty Promises in the South China Sea PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 Five years ago on September 25, 2015, General Secretary Xi Jinping stood in the White House Rose Garden and stated “China does not intend to pursue militarization” of the Spratly Islands, and China’s outposts would not “target or impact any country.”  China …

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U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations (“The Quad”)

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met virtually on September 25, 2020, for consultations on collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. The four democracies discussed ways to work together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, promote transparency and counter disinformation, and …

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State Legislatures and the China Challenge

State Legislatures and the China Challenge SPEECH MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE ROGER ROTH, WISCONSIN STATE SENATOR WISCONSIN STATE CAPITOL, MADISON, WISCONSIN SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, everyone. Good morning. Make sure we got that right. Well, good morning, everyone. It’s great to be back here. It’s great to be back in the Midwest. When I was flying in today, …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Remarks by President Trump to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly   The White House PRESIDENT TRUMP: It is my profound honor to address the United Nations General Assembly. Seventy-five years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a …

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China’s Catholics and the Church’s Moral Witness

The human rights situation in China has deteriorated severely under the autocratic rule of Xi Jinping, especially for religious believers. Credible reports have exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s program of forced sterilizations and abortions of Muslims in Xinjiang, its abuse of Catholic priests and laypeople, and its assault on Protestant house churches—all of which are …

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Advancing U.S. Engagement and Countering China in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond

Advancing U.S. Engagement and Countering China in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond TESTIMONY DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS WASHINGTON, DC SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 Chairman Risch, Ranking Member Menendez, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Committee to discuss the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the …

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The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people. History shows appeasement only emboldens such regimes. Thus today, the …

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Joint Statement on Internet Shutdowns in Belarus

09/17/2020 05:08 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the …

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Under Secretary Keith Krach’s Travel to Taiwan

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach will travel to Taiwan to attend the memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui on September 19, 2020. The United States honors President Lee’s legacy by continuing our strong bonds with Taiwan and …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at a Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  It’s a pleasure to be with you again, Dom, Foreign Secretary Raab, back here in – to have you back here in Washington.  Our Special Relationship, now a couple hundred years old, is stronger than ever.  And I …

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The United States Sanctions Chinese State-Owned Entity for its Role in Corruption in Cambodia

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 China is the world’s largest emitter of environmental pollution including of greenhouse gases and the exploitation of natural resources around the globe.  Today, the United States again took action by imposing sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned Union Development Group, Ltd. (UDG) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Participation in the First U.S.-Mekong Partnership Ministerial Meeting

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Participation in the First U.S.-Mekong Partnership Ministerial Meeting to Launch the Mekong-U.S. Partnership The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: On Friday, September 11, the United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the ASEAN Secretariat launched the Mekong-U.S. Partnership.  The Partnership will expand on cooperation …

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Launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership: Expanding U.S. Engagement with the Mekong Region

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 Launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership: Expanding U.S. Engagement with the Mekong Region The United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam reaffirmed their long-standing relationship by launching the Mekong-U.S. Partnership on September 11. The United States announced plans, working with the U.S. Congress, to increase support for the autonomy, economic independence, …

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International Day of Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance.  Democracies are accountable to their citizens.  They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and respect the freedoms, dignity, and equality …

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The Mekong-U.S. Partnership: The Mekong Region Deserves Good Partners

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 The launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership reflects the importance of the Mekong region to the United States.  Our relationship with Mekong partner countries is an integral part of our Indo-Pacific vision and our strategic partnership with ASEAN.  With more than $150 million in initial investments in regional programs, we will …

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CBP’s Continued Enforcement Actions To Combat Forced Labor in China

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 The Trump Administration has led the world in calling attention to the Chinese Communist Party’s egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and we’ve taken action to back up our rhetoric.  Today, we continue this record as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five new Withhold Release Orders (WRO) …

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Press Statement on Ambassador Branstad’s Planned Departure

U.S. Embassy in Beijing September 14, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Terry Branstad will retire from his position as U.S. envoy and depart Beijing in early October. The Ambassador confirmed his decision to President Trump by phone last week.   Ambassador Branstad and family arrived in China in June, 2017.   In …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

09/12/2020 04:54 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun led the U.S. delegation at the 27th Annual ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting, attended by Foreign Ministers of the 26 ARF participating countries, including the DPRK, as well as the EU …

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The United States Expresses Concern Over Hong Kong Democracy Activists Held in Guangdong Province

09/11/2020 06:17 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States is deeply concerned that twelve Hong Kong democracy activists, arrested two weeks ago off the coast of Hong Kong by Guangdong Maritime Police, have been denied access to lawyers of their choice.  Local authorities have yet to provide information regarding their welfare, …

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The Enduring U.S. Commitment to ASEAN

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 America has long been a friend to ASEAN countries. At the ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ meeting recently, I reaffirmed U.S. support for ASEAN’s role at the heart of the Indo-Pacific. The ASEAN Outlook for the Indo-Pacific and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy share a respect for sovereignty, the rule of law, transparency, …

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United States Sanctions Russian Actors and Proxies for Efforts To Interfere in Elections

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four Kremlin-linked individuals for their efforts to interfere in United States elections. Treasury designated Andrii Derkach pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848, for his efforts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election.  Derkach maintains close ties …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined the annual ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with his counterparts from the 10 ASEAN member states via videoconference on September 9. Secretary Pompeo and his ASEAN counterparts highlighted the breadth and depth of U.S. engagement and …

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United States-ASEAN Strategic Partnership

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 In 2020, the United States celebrates the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.  This partnership is built on our shared principles, as outlined in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, including ASEAN centrality, respect for sovereignty and rule of law, good governance, transparency, inclusivity, …

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The Hypocrisy of the PRC’s Propaganda System

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 Today, the Chinese Communist Party’s main propaganda newspaper, the People’s Daily, refused to run an Op-ed written by our Ambassador in Beijing, Terry Branstad, citing a litany of grievances. Ironically, the Op-ed called for more positive relations between our two countries and asked to “build relationships through unrestricted engagement and …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Poisoning of Alexei Navalny MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 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 …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the 10th East Asia Summit Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the 10th East Asia Summit Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined counterparts from 17 countries for the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting this morning.  Secretary Pompeo highlighted U.S. support for principles of openness, …

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Abduction of Opposition Leaders in Belarus

09/08/2020 07:13 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States is deeply concerned by the reported abduction September 7 in Belarus of Coordination Council member Mariya Kalesnikava, Spokesman Anton Rodnenkou, and Executive Secretary Ivan Krautsou, and the attempted forced expulsion over the border to Ukraine September 8. We commend the courage of …

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Update on U.S. Withdrawal from the World Health Organization

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 The United States has long been the world’s most generous provider of health and humanitarian assistance to people around the world.  This assistance is provided with the support of the American taxpayer with the reasonable expectation that it serve an effective purpose and reach those in need. Unfortunately, the World …

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Imposing Sanctions on Entities for Engaging in Transactions Related to Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Industry

Imposing Sanctions on Entities for Engaging in Transactions Related to Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Industry PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 Today, the Department of State imposed sanctions on five entities under section 3(a)(ii) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13846 for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petroleum …

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Secretary Pompeo to Participate in Virtual Meetings

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 Secretary Pompeo looks forward to meeting with his ASEAN counterparts and Foreign Ministers from across the Indo-Pacific region September 9-11 in the ASEAN-related Ministerial Meetings. On September 9, Secretary Pompeo will participate in the virtual East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ meeting.  The EAS is the region’s premier leaders-led forum …

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Secretary Pompeo At a Press Availability

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  REMARKS TO THE PRESS September 2, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability September 2, 2020 Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Good to see you all. I want to start today talking about multilateralism.  The Trump administration …

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Advancing Reciprocity in U.S.- China Diplomatic Relations

Advancing Reciprocity in U.S.- China Diplomatic Relations 09/02/2020 10:21 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State For years, the PRC has imposed significant barriers on American diplomats working in the PRC that are far beyond diplomatic norms. PRC authorities implement a system of opaque approval processes designed to prevent American diplomats from conducting regular …

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Industry Advisory on North Korea Ballistic Missile Procurement

09/01/2020 10:38 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security are issuing an advisory on North Korea’s ballistic missile procurement activities. The advisory identifies key …

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On China’s Continued Coercion of the United Kingdom

The United States is dismayed to learn that the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics against our friends in the United Kingdom continues. In the latest example, British bank HSBC has reportedly prevented Hong Kong-based executives at Next Media, a well-known publisher of pro-democracy publications, from accessing their credit cards and personal bank accounts. The …

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Statement on Call Between the United States and China

Office of the United States Trade Representative 08/24/2020 Washington, DC – Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Mnuchin participated in a regularly scheduled call this evening with China’s Vice Premier Liu He to discuss implementation of the historic Phase One Agreement between the United States and China.  The parties addressed steps that China has taken to effectuate …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 21, 2020 The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, …

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Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Nations

Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Nations 08/19/2020 06:24 PM EDT Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson Secretary Pompeo will travel to New York City on August 20-21 to notify the United Nations Security Council that the United States will initiate the process to restore UN sanctions on Iran.  Thirty days after Secretary Pompeo’s notification, a range …

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Suspension or Termination of Three Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong

Suspension or Termination of Three Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong 08/19/2020 12:28 PM EDT Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson The Chinese Communist Party has taken drastic steps to erode the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the United Kingdom and the people of Hong Kong for 50 years under the UN-registered Sino-British Joint …

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The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology

The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology 08/17/2020 08:06 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Trump Administration sees Huawei for what it is – an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) surveillance state – and we have taken action accordingly. Today, our government enacted several measures to protect …

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On the Security Council’s Failure to Hold Iran Accountable

On the Security Council’s Failure to Hold Iran Accountable 08/14/2020 06:08 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United Nations Security Council is charged with the responsibility of maintaining international peace and security. It failed today to uphold its fundamental mission set. It rejected a reasonable resolution to extend the 13-year old arms …

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Briefing On Actions Taken to Counter PRC Influence Operations

Briefing With Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell and Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Missions Clifton C. Seagroves On Actions Taken to Counter PRC Influence Operations SPECIAL BRIEFING DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CLIFF SEAGROVES, DIRECTOR, ACTING OFFICE OF FOREIGN …

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“Confucius Institute U.S. Center” Designation as a Foreign Mission

“Confucius Institute U.S. Center” Designation as a Foreign Mission FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 13, 2020 Confucius Institutes are clearly sponsored by Beijing: Confucius Institutes (CIs) are organizations primarily located on U.S. college and university campuses that push out skewed Chinese language and cultural training for U.S. students as part of Beijing’s multifaceted propaganda efforts.  The PRC government …

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Designation of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a Foreign Mission of the PRC

Designation of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a Foreign Mission of the PRC PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 13, 2020 The Trump Administration has made it a priority to seek fair and reciprocal treatment from the People’s Republic of China. For more than four decades, Beijing has enjoyed free and open access to U.S. society, while …

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The Clean Network Safeguards America’s Assets

“The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China (China) continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”

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Joint Statement on the Erosion of Rights in Hong Kong

Joint Statement on the Erosion of Rights in Hong Kong 08/09/2020 10:26 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson We the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State are gravely concerned by the Hong Kong government’s unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative …

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U.S. Government Response to the Explosion in Beirut

U.S. Government Response to the Explosion in Beirut PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 7, 2020 We mourn the loss of life from the horrible tragedy that caused such tremendous destruction to Beirut earlier this week.  We pray for the survivors and their families and for all the Lebanese people as they struggle to put their lives and …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 7, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, and the Republic of Korea.  Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of continued close coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  They noted the importance …

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The United States Designates Individuals in Hong Kong for Curtailing Promised Freedoms

The United States Designates Individuals in Hong Kong for Curtailing Promised Freedoms 08/07/2020 10:56 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party has made clear that Hong Kong will never again enjoy the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the Hong Kong people and the United Kingdom for …

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The 53rd Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

The 53rd Anniversary of the Founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations 08/06/2020 11:32 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat …

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Report to Congress on Access to Tibetan Areas of the PRC

This is the second annual report under Section 4 of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-330), enacted December 19, 2018, which requires the Department of State to provide a report to Congress, within 90 days of enactment and annually thereafter for five years, regarding the level of access Chinese authorities granted to U.S. diplomats and officials, journalists, and tourists …

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33rd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue: Strengthening U.S.-ASEAN Relations

Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell of the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs co-chaired the 33rd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue on August 4th, Washington, D.C. time (August 5th, Vientiane time) together with Deputy Foreign Minister Thongphane Savanphet of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

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Reward Offer for Information on Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, which is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with U.S. elections through …

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New Covid-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund

New Covid-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 5, 2020 The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are launching a new COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund with $10 million in supplemental COVID-19 assistance funds to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping …

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Announcing the Expansion of the Clean Network to Safeguard America’s Assets

Announcing the Expansion of the Clean Network to Safeguard America’s Assets PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 5, 2020 The Clean Network program is the Trump Administration’s comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Today, I am announcing the …

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On the CCP’s Extra-Territorial Authoritarianism

On the Chinese Communist Party’s Extra-Territorial Authoritarianism PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 4, 2020 The Chinese Communist Party cannot tolerate the free thinking of its own people, and increasingly is trying to extend its reach outside China’s borders. In the latest example, Chinese authorities have reportedly issued arrest warrants for six pro-democracy advocates resident outside of China, …

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Update on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship in Japan We commend the extraordinary efforts by the Government of Japan to institute quarantine measures onboard the Diamond Princess. While the quarantine potentially conferred a significant public health benefit in slowing transmission, CDC’s assessment is that it may not have been sufficient to prevent transmission among individuals …

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The United States Sanctions Rosneft Trading S.A. to Secure Venezuela’s Natural Resources

The United States Sanctions Rosneft Trading S.A. to Secure Venezuela’s Natural Resources   02/18/2020 10:48 AM EST   Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State   On February 18, the United States took action to halt the former Maduro regime’s theft of Venezuela’s assets and continued usurpation of democracy by sanctioning Rosneft Trading S.A., a Swiss-incorporated, …

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Update to Travel Advisory for China (February 19, 2020)

The Department of State has upgraded our  Travel Advisory for  China to Level 4: Do Not Travel  due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province.   Those currently in China should attempt to depart by commercial means. Most commercial air carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China, yet seats remain available to depart the country. Commercial travel allows control over where you …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Foreign Ministers from Japan and the Republic of Korea

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 15, 2020  The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in a …

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Public-Private Cooperation to Combat the COVID-19

Public-Private Cooperation to Combat the COVID-19 PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 15, 2020  Last week, thanks to a joint effort of federal and local authorities and private organizations and companies, 17.8 tons of personal protection equipment and medical supplies were delivered, and more than 800 people were evacuated from Wuhan, China, amidst the …

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Evacuation of Americans from Wuhan, China

Evacuation of Americans from Wuhan, China Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson February 8, 2020 Yesterday, two flights from Wuhan carrying U.S. citizens, their immediate family members, and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents safely landed in the United States. As with the other recent evacuation flights, all passengers will be carefully screened and monitored by the …

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The United States Announces Assistance to the COVID-19

The United States Announces Assistance to the COVID-19 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. February 7, 2020 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO This week the State Department has facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other …

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The U.S. Department of State – China Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel

The U.S. Department of State – China Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel Do not travel to China due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Travelers should be …

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