Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on the U.S. in Asia: Economic Engagement for Good

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SIAM SOCIETY BANGKOK, THAILAND AUGUST 2, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Peter, thank you for the kind introduction.  I also want to thank the Siam Society and your president for hosting me.  I know too we have many prominent businesspeople here in the room with us today. I …

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USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China

Washington, DC – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced the next steps in the process of imposing an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports. On May 17, 2019, USTR published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10 percent …

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Treasury Designates China as a Currency Manipulator

Washington – The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to analyze the exchange rate policies of other countries. Under Section 3004 of the Act, the Secretary must “consider whether countries manipulate the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar for purposes of preventing effective balance …

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Assistant Secretary Royce Remarks at the EdUSA Forum

Assistant Secretary Royce Remarks at the EdUSA Forum July 30, 2019 Marie Royce Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs EducationUSA Forum, Washington, DC Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Remarks as prepared The United States Welcomes Chinese Students   International students are welcome in the United States. We want future students and …

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U.S. Government Statement on Trade Negotiations in Shanghai

On July 30 and 31, 2019, the United States trade negotiating team led by United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin traveled to Shanghai, China, to discuss the United States–China trade relationship.

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2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: China

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: China (Includes Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Macau) JUNE 21, 2019 Reports on Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet are appended at the end of this report.  Given the scope and severity of reported religious freedom violations specific to Xinjiang this year, a separate section on the region is also …

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The U.S. To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm for Purchasing Oil From Iran

The United States To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm Zhuhai Zhenrong Company Limited for Purchasing Oil From Iran PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2019 Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime by imposing sanctions on the Chinese …

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Chinese Coercion on Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea

Chinese Coercion on Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 20, 2019 The United States is concerned by reports of China’s interference with oil and gas activities in the South China Sea (SCS), including Vietnam’s long-standing exploration and production activities.  China’s repeated provocative actions aimed at …

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2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

China (TIER 3) The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore China remained on Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking, including by …

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Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2019

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2019 July 20, 2019 On Space Exploration Day, we marvel at our country’s accomplishments in space, commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, and pledge to launch a new era of discovery and exploration of our universe. For more than a half century, the United States has …

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Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 16-18 July 2019

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 16-18 July 2019 Secretary Pompeo will host the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington on July 16-18. The Ministerial will reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom for all and focus on concrete outcomes that produce durable, positive change. A broad range of stakeholders, including senior government representatives, …

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Fourth Anniversary of the 709

On this fourth anniversary of the Chinese government’s July 9, 2015 crackdown on defense lawyers and rights defenders, we remain deeply disturbed by China’s continued detention of its own citizens who worked with in China’s legal system to defend their fellow citizens’ rights and advance the rule-of-law. The “709 crackdown” began when the Chinese police …

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America’s Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom

America’s Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom By U.S. Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad Every year on the fourth of July, families around the United States gather to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America’s birthday.  This year America turns 243 years old. Independence Day is also a time for us to remember …

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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump in G20 Press Conference

So, with that, I just want to say that these meetings have been great.  The one that I guess most people are interested in is China.  We had a great meeting.  President Xi.  And we’ve known each for as long as I’m President.  And many of you were at the event in China a year …

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Worth a Pound of Cure: Treating Drug Abuse as a Medical Condition

By  Andrew Thompson on June 25, 2019 June 26th marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a day to draw the world’s attention to the growing threats of drug abuse to our societies. On this day every year, the  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime  (UNODC) releases the World Drug Report, an exhaustive collection of data on drug use around the …

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Condemning Vice Governor of Xinjiang’s Human Rights Council Address

U.S. MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA STATEMENT For Immediate Release June 25, 2019 Condemning Vice Governor of Xinjiang’s Human Rights Council Address On Tuesday, June 25, the Vice Governor of China’s Xinjiang Province Aierken Tuniyazi addressed the UN Human Rights Council and attempted to justify the Chinese government’s widespread …

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Excerpts: Special Briefing by Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback

PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 21, 2019 The fight against religious freedom is mounting. There was a report that 80 percent of people live in places where religious freedom is under attack, yet most of the world organizes their life around a set of religious beliefs. They must be free to do so. The …

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Statement on the Imposition of Financial Countermeasures on Iran

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 21, 2019 Today, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) responded to Iran’s willful failure to address its systemic money laundering and terrorist financing deficiencies by requiring increased supervision of Iran-based financial institutions. The Islamic Republic of Iran regularly seeks to use deception and subterfuge to fund …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

AMBASSADOR RICHMOND: Good morning and welcome to the Department of State. My name’s John Richmond, and I am delighted that you all are here for the rollout of this year’s  Trafficking in Persons Report  and to honor these eight TIP heroes. Let me give you a quick word about this morning’s program. Secretary Pompeo will begin by giving the …

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan spoke by phone today with United Nations Secretary-General Guterres

Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan spoke by phone today with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to convey deep concerns regarding Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov’s planned travel to Xinjiang, China. The Deputy Secretary expressed that such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo, Remarks to Press, Washington, DC, June 13, 2019

It is the assessment of the United States Government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today. This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact …

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White House committed to tackling drug epidemic

https://www.hpj.com/opinion/white-house-committed-to-tackling-drug-epidemic/article_e40479e9-c461-5873-bd92-00e4220f5587.html  In small towns, suburban neighborhoods and big cities, our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis of drug addiction. In 2017, nearly 200 people each day died due to a drug overdose. While no corner of our country has escaped the devastation of this epidemic, rural America has been hard hit. I recently …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Before the Senate Caucus

SECRETARY POMPEO: Great. Thank you. Thank you, Senator Cornyn. Thank you, Senator Feinstein. Thanks for the opportunity to be here. I’m really happy to be here. This is an important issue. When you think of the State Department, it is not the first thing that comes to top of one’s mind often, but know that inside …

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Release of the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security

Women around the world have an essential role in conflict prevention and resolution, security provision, peace processes, and countering terrorism.  For over a decade, the United States has been a leader in promoting global peace and stability by empowering women to take on those roles and addressing challenges faced by women and girls in conflict …

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Notice

On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media identifiers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide. Applicants should complete the application fully and honestly to avoid any delays in processing. For additional details, please see the “ About Visas C The Basics” FAQ page on our website.

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U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Treasury today released the following statement in response to the “White Paper” issued by China

06/03/2019 The United States is disappointed that the Chinese have chosen in the “White Paper” issued yesterday and recent public statements to pursue a blame game misrepresenting the nature and history of trade negotiations between the two countries.  To understand where the parties are and where they can go, it is necessary to understand the …

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On the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC On June 4, we honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end to rampant corruption. The hundreds …

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Readout of Acting Secretary Shanahan Meeting With Southeast Asian Counterparts

Secretary of Defense Spokesperson LTC Dave Eastburn provided the following readout: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met today with ministers and heads of delegation from across Southeast Asia on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to discuss the United States’ vision and strategy for the Indo-Pacific region and to listen to …

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Excerpts: Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada

Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada in Joint Press Statements | Ottawa, Canada   Q    And my follow-up question for both of you is on the Canadians detained in China.  Mr. Vice President, can you tell us exactly what the United States is doing to help — assist in securing …

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Excerpts: State Department Press Briefing, Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus

Office of the Spokesperson / May 29, 2019 “As we look ahead to the end of Ramadan and the Eid Holiday, it is important to speak up for the victims of China’s massive campaign of repression against Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. The United States is alarmed by the arbitrary and unjust …

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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Prime Minister Abe, the First Lady and I are profoundly honored to return to this very beautiful nation as Japan’s first state guests following the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor.  On behalf of the United States, we want to thank the Imperial Family for this gracious invitation and warm welcome.  It was …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo Interview with CNBC Squawk Box

  INTERVIEW May 23, 2019 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC Squawk Box May 23, 2019 New York, New York … SECRETARY POMPEO: There is real risk, and you saw what President Trump has undertaken with respect to China. For too long – this …

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China’s attack on Uighurs isn’t counterterrorism. It’s ugly repression.

ByNathan Salesand Sam Brownback May 22 at 7:48 PM Nathan Sales is the ambassador at large for counterterrorism and Sam Brownback is the ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department. The Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang province is drawing condemnation from civilized nations and civil society because of its …

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Department of Commerce Announces the Addition of Huawei to the Entity List

Department of Commerce Announces the Addition of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to the Entity List WASHINGTON – Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will be adding Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its affiliates to the Bureau’s Entity List. This action stems from information available to …

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Excerpts: Assistant Secretary Breier’s Remarks at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit

Remarks on “A New Era in the Americas” at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier: I believe China is the big strategic question for the hemisphere. The U.S. Administration has taken a closer look at China’s engagement in the Americas given significant U.S. interest. China is and will remain a significant trade …

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Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 10, 2019Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 ActionWashington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released the following statement regarding additional action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974:“Earlier today, at the direction of the President, the United States increased the level of tariffs from …

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Secretary’s Remarks: On Iran’s Escalating Series of Threatening Actions and Statements

05/09/2019 05:34 PM EDT Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 9, 2019 The Islamic Republic of Iran has engaged in an escalating series of threatening actions and statements in recent weeks. The response of the United States and our partners and allies has been clear: We do not seek war. …

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Secretary’s Remarks: Detainment of Edgar Zambrano

05/09/2019 08:28 PM EDT Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 9, 2019 The arbitrary arrest yesterday evening of Edgar Zambrano, First Vice President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, is an unacceptable and illegal act that is yet another reflection of the repression of the former Maduro regime. This is an attack …

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Looking North: Sharpening America’s Arctic Focus

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Rovaniemi, Finland May 6, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ambassador. I know you’re enjoying your time here tremendously, and you are doing an outstanding job. It’s great to look out here and see so many friends, too. Who’d have thought I could come this far north and know this …

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Presidential Message on Ramadan 2019

Presidential Message on Ramadan, 2019 I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad.  At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning a month of inward reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer. …

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World Press Freedom Day

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2019 On World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting safety and freedom for members of the press. A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy. Despite some progress, journalists around the world continue to be persecuted, targeted with …

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Press Releases: On the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 5, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend best wishes to Muslim communities at home and abroad for a blessed Ramadan. For many Muslims, this month is an occasion to focus on spiritual rejuvenation, kindness and resilience, compassion for those …

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Let’s “Reach for Gold” Together

Let’s “Reach for Gold” Together The drive to test limits, the thrill of competition, and the awe of watching ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats have fueled our fascination with sports for thousands of years.  Just this month, 19-year-old Chinese basketball prodigy Han Xu made headlines as the youngest player selected in this year’s U.S. Women’s …

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Press Freedom Day: The Power to Illuminate

Author Ambassador Branstad Images and words in the news capture our attention and shape our understanding of the world.  The photo of a scientist engaged in groundbreaking research.  The sharply-worded headline explaining a breaking news story.  The moment two presidents meet and shake hands, beamed around the world for their citizens to witness.  Like sunlight, …

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Press Releases: Unconscionable Reports of Secret Executions of Minors in Iran

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 1, 2019 The Department of State is appalled by the Iranian regime’s secret execution of two 17-year old males, Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat, in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, as reported by Amnesty International. According to this report, Iran has resumed its execution of minors, while …

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Statement of the United States Regarding China Talks

At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, officials from the United States traveled to Beijing for negotiations on the trade relationship between the United States and China.  The United States delegation was led by United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin.  Vice Premier Liu He led the talks …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Karim Masimov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Kazakhstani Presidential Special Envoy and National Security Committee Chairman Karim Masimov.  The two discussed Kazakhstan’s historic presidential transition and upcoming election in June, as well as bilateral cooperation on counterterrorism.  The Secretary welcomed Kazakhstan’s support for …

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Press Releases: Hong Kong: 2014 Occupy Movement Cases and Fugitive Ordinance Law

The United States is disappointed by the decision of the Hong Kong Government to prosecute and convict several Hong Kong residents for organizing peaceful protests during the Occupy Central movement in 2014. We are concerned that this decision will limit or discourage the people of Hong Kong from exercising the basic freedoms guaranteed them under …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Trade Talks with China

Office of the Press Secretary April 23,2019 Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Trade Talks with China At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, United States Trade Representative Robert Lightizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing for continued negotiations on the trade relationship between the United States and China. …

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Secretary’s Remarks: Decision on Imports of Iranian Oil

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 22, 2019 Today we are announcing the United States will not issue any additional Significant Reduction Exceptions to existing importers of Iranian oil. The Trump Administration has taken Iran’s oil exports to historic lows, and we are dramatically accelerating our pressure campaign in a …

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Secretary’s Remarks: Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 21, 2019 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we …

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CHINA 2018 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

During the year the government significantly intensified its campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang).  Authorities were reported to have arbitrarily detained 800,000 to possibly more than two million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities.  …

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Press Releases: Remarks on U.S. Latin American Policy (Excerpts)

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Casa Piedra Vitacura, Chile April 12, 2019 … The Trump administration believes that our two nations and the rest of the Americas have an incredible opportunity, the chance truly to cement a future of democracy, prosperity for all of the people of all of this hemisphere. It’s not …

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea President Moon

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 11, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in today in Washington. The U.S. and ROK sides affirmed their commitment to achieving the final, fully …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen 04/08/2019 02:51 PM EDT Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 8, 2019 ________________________________________ The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen. They discussed our increasing economic, …

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Excerpts: Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Norah O’Donnell of CBS This Morning

04/05/2019 10:22 AM EDT Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State New York City April 5, 2019 … QUESTION: How are we fighting back against that Chinese threat? Because you’ve described it as a threat to our democracy from the Chinese. SECRETARY POMPEO: It very much is. They very much want to undermine our Western …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. April 4, 2019 READOUT Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings With Maria on Fox Business Network

INTERVIEW Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings With Maria on Fox Business Network April 5, 2019 New York, New York *             *             *             * QUESTION:  Thank you so much for joining us.  The IP theft issue is something we’ve spoken about before.  How do you change something that’s really engrained …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo at a Press Availability

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. April 4, 2019 REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability Dean Acheson Auditorium SECRETARY POMPEO:  So good afternoon, everyone.  Seventy years ago today, 12 courageous nations came together to form an alliance that to this day remains the bedrock guarantor of …

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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump and Vice Premier Liu He Before Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office 4:31 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be with the Vice Premier of China, a highly respected man all over the world.  We’ve had tremendous discussions.  We’re getting very close to making a deal.  That doesn’t mean a deal is made, because it’s not, but we’re …

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

For Immediate Release  READOUT April 6, 2019 Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, joined by Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, concluded two days in Dinard, France, leading the U.S. delegation to the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.  …

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Director Carroll Statement on China’s Class Scheduling of Fentanyl

Director Carroll Statement on China’s Class Scheduling of Fentanyl Washington, D.C. – Today, Director of National Drug Control Policy James Carroll released the following statement regarding China’s announcement that it is following through on its pledge to add fentanyl to the country’s list of controlled substances, effective May 1. “Each year, tens of thousands of …

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Statement of the United States Regarding China Talks

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2019 Statement of the United States Regarding China Talks At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, officials from the United States traveled to Beijing for negotiations on the trade relationship between the United States and China. The United States delegation was led by United States Trade …

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Excerpt: Press Releases: 32nd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue

03/28/2019 07:11 PM EDT Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 28, 2019 Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy co-chaired the 32nd U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue in Washington, D.C., on March 28, together with Deputy Foreign Minister Thongphane Savanphet of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The United …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON March 27, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Mihrigul Tursun, a Uighur Muslim who survived horrific conditions and abuse in a Chinese internment …

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U.S.Trade Representative Lighthizer and Secretary Mnuchin will travel to Beijing

Statement from the Press Secretary At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing, China, for principal-level meetings starting on March 28, 2019, to continue negotiations aimed at improving the trade relationship between the United States and China.  The …

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Speeches: U.S. Africa Strategy Speech at Trade and Investment Luncheon (Excerpts)

Excerpts of Remarks John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Luanda, Angola March 20, 2019 As Ambassador Fite said, I would like to speak today about how the U.S. Africa strategy can unlock the many economic opportunities we’ll discuss at greater length throughout today’s luncheon. I look forward to highlighting the many ways we can …

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Excerpts: Keynote Address and Fireside Chat at the Road to GES Heartland Event

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. Excerpts of Remarks Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Sheraton Overland Park Hotel Overland Park, Kansas March 18, 2019 I know we have a delegation here from the Netherlands in the audience with us. It’s led by Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag.  …. [The United States …

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Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC March 13, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument …

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Excerpts: Keynote Address at CERAWeek

.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. March 12, 2019 EXCERPTS OF REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Keynote Address at CERAWeek Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel Houston, Texas SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Dan.  Thank you all for joining me. *             *             *             * Our plentiful oil supplies allow us to help our …

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Excerpts:Ambassador Brownback’s Remarks on Religious Freedom

Samuel D. Brownback Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Foreign Correspondents Club Hong Kong, China March 8, 2019 Introduction I would like to begin by expressing my profound respect for the Chinese people. My youngest daughter is Chinese and now attends school at Baylor University. *** During this speech, I will express a number of …

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 13, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Secretary extended his condolences on the tragic loss of life of United Nations affiliated personnel on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The Secretary …

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Ambassador’s Statement on Women’s Day: Empowering Women, Unleashing Success

Empowering Women, Unleashing Success Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China Today is International Women’s Day.  Two women who made a tremendous impact in my life are my mother, Rita Branstad, and my teacher, Laura Sewick.  My mother drove home the importance of a good education, “because no one can take that away.”  My eighth grade …

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Press Releases: Interim President Juan Guaido’s Return to Venezuela

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 4, 2019 The United States applauds the people of Venezuela for their actions to create a peaceful democratic transition, and congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on his successful diplomatic efforts in the region and safe return to Venezuela. The United States and freedom-loving nations …

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Excerpt: Remarks for Hearings on State Corruption and the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela

Remarks Michael G. Kozak Senior Bureau Official, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor The Organization of American States Washington, DC March 1, 2019 Here in the Hall of the Americas, our objective is peace. And peace is our objective in Venezuela. But this past Saturday Nicolas Maduro ordered armed criminals to attack his own people …

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Press Releases: 2019 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced

03/05/2019 02:55 PM EST Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 5, 2019 On Thursday, March 7, Secretary of State Pompeo will host the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 10 extraordinary women from around the world. First Lady of the United States Melania …

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Secretary Pompeo Remarks to the Iowa Farm Bureau

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Des Moines, Iowa March 4, 2019 AMBASSADOR BRANSTAD: Good afternoon. It is my honor to be back in Iowa today to introduce Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. As U.S. ambassador, I have the great privilege of representing the American people in China. (Applause.) The …

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Excerpt: Remarks With Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr.

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Department of Foreign Affairs Manila, Philippines March 1, 2019 As an island nation, the Philippines depends on free and unobstructed access to the seas. China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security, and therefore economic livelihood, as well as that of the …

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Yang Jiechi

Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2019 The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Member of the Political Bureau of the …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Des Moines, Iowa

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson March 1, 2019  STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Des Moines, Iowa Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Des Moines, Iowa March 3-4, 2019 to discuss how the American agriculture industry’s embrace of free enterprise and innovation helps …

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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks With Traveling Press

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As you all know, we face many new threats, some of them not so new. They range from North Korea’s nuclear program, to Iran’s foreign adventurism, to China’s state-centered economic model, its belligerence toward its neighbors, and its embraces of a totalitarian state at home. Radical Islamic terrorism remains a persistent threat that we will …

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International Religious Freedom Day Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 26, 2018 Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It …

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A/S Mitchell: Thank you, Damon, for that warm introduction, and I’d like to thank Atlantic Council for having me here to speak today at a very important conference. I appreciate the work that Atlantic Council does, both here and in Europe, and I have to say the title of today’s event I think is very …

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Mattis Confers With Chinese, Southeast Asian Officials

BY  JIM GARAMONE OCT. 18, 2018 Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is making his eighth trip to the Indo-Asia-Pacific area to help tend the many partnerships and alliances the U.S. maintains in that important region. He is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Meeting in Singapore as a way to improve cooperation. The association …

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Statement from the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump received a report from the Department of State pursuant to the August 23, 2018, Presidential Memorandum on “Modernizing the Monetary Reimbursement Model for the Delivery of Goods Through the International Postal System and Enhancing the Security and Safety of International Mail.”  The report noted that sufficient …

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Remarks Alice G. Wells Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Indian Ocean Conference Colombo, Sri Lanka October 11, 2018 Ambassador Wells: — I want to thank our hosts for this vitally important Track 1.5 dialogue. It’s a real pleasure to be here. I’d like to focus my remarks on two distinct …

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By Alex M. Azar and Scott Gottlieb October 11 at 8:05 AM Alex M. Azar is the secretary of health and human services. Scott Gottlieb is the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly …

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Over the weekend, Administration officials, led by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, concluded a series of meetings in Beijing with a delegation from the government of China, as part of ongoing trade discussions.

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Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 31, 2018 As a highly connected nation, the United States depends on the open, interoperable, reliable, and secure global Internet. Through its diplomatic efforts, international engagement, and coordination on behalf of the U.S. government, the U.S. Department of State advances U.S. objectives in cyberspace to ensure that …

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The constitution states citizens have freedom of religious belief but limits protections for religious practice to “normal religious activities” and does not define “normal.” The government continued to exercise control over religion and restrict the activities and personal freedom of religious adherents when the government perceived these as threatening state or Chinese Communist Party (CCP) …

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U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. May 29, 2018 2018 Marks the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act In 1998, Congress overwhelmingly passed the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Act –groundbreaking and bipartisan legislation that affirmed the importance of promoting international religious freedom as a key aspect of America’s foreign …

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Ambassador-at-Large Brownback‘s Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. May 29, 2018 EXCERPTS OF ON-THE-RECORD-BRIEFING Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On the Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom AMBASSADOR BROWNBACK:  I want to thank Secretary Pompeo.  I’m grateful to him, to President Trump, Vice President Pence, the administration …

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