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

Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN February 24, 2021 Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses …

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

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

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Burma

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Burma 02/23/2021 07:19 AM EST Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, …

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

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

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

MEDIA NOTEOFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSONFEBRUARY 18, 2021 The Biden Administration is committed to strengthening U.S. alliance relationships, particularly with our key Northeast Asian allies Japan and the Republic of Korea. As part of this effort, and against the backdrop of the Biden Administration’s ongoing North Korea policy review, representatives from the United States, Japan, and …

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

FEBRUARY 18, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES As the virus continues to spread throughout the world, and with new variants emerging, the facts are clear that it is critical that we vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Tomorrow at the G7, the President will announce that he is taking concrete steps …

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Remarks by President Biden at the 2021 Virtual Munich Security Conference

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

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

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 18, 2021 The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab following today’s ministerial meeting: Begin text: The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Quad Ministers

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Quad Ministers READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 18, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.  The Ministers discussed Quadrilateral (“Quad”) cooperation on COVID-19 response and recovery …

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

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, DC FEBRUARY 17, 2021 FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Thank you, Your Excellency Mr. Jerandi, for your contribution.  And I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State for the United States.  Over to you, sir. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Dominic, thank you very much, …

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

Launch of the Canadian-drafted “Declaration Against the Use of Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations” 02/15/2021 12:07 PM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State I am honored to participate in the launch of this important initiative and to stand today with the international community against the use of arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations. I congratulate Canada on having led the way, especially for obtaining the endorsement of so many …

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

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Xi Jinping of China FEBRUARY 10, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Xi Jinping of China. The President shared his greetings and well wishes with the Chinese people on the occasion of Lunar New Year. President Biden affirmed his priorities of …

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

U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council 02/08/2021 07:12 AM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State to reengage …

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

Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. 2:45 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.”   Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the State Department under …

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN February 4, 2021 Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with PRC Director Yang

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT February 5, 2021 Secretary Blinken’s Call with PRC Director Yang  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with People’s Republic of China (PRC) Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation in Burma

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

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

Executive Order on Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform JANUARY 25, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:      Section 1.  Policy.  All Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States (“Armed Forces”) should be able to serve.  …

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

Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States JANUARY 26, 2021· PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS Advancing inclusion and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of the American people.  During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, inflammatory and …

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Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus

Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus Last Updated: January 26, 2021 On January 25, 2021 President Biden signed a proclamation continuing the suspension of entry of certain travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, China, and Iran, and expanding restrictions to include travelers from South Africa. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are not subject …

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Opening Statement at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

Opening Statement at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 01/26/2021 08:53 AM EST John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 Host: Welcome Mr. Kerry. Very good to have you. Welcome to this virtual meeting of world leaders. It is truly wonderful to have you. Could you please tell us about the new ambitions of the United States? Secretary Kerry: Absolutely …

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Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus JANUARY 21, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone today with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss the decision by the United States to reverse its withdrawal from the WHO in one of the first acts following inauguration, fulfill its financial obligations, and work as a constructive partner …

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PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability

PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability PRESS RELEASE NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 23, 2021 The United States notes with concern the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives. We will stand with friends and allies to …

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Remarks at the Keynote Session of B20 2021 Inception Meeting

Remarks at the Keynote Session of B20 2021 Inception Meeting JOHN KERRY, SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE OPEN PUBLIC SESSION OF B20 2021 INCEPTION MEETING JANUARY 21, 2021 As prepared Giuseppe – thank you for that generous introduction – and thanks to all of you for inviting me to share some thoughts with you about …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. JANUARY 20, 2021 •  SPEECHES AND REMARKS The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. …

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Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson January 19, 2021  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable. From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948, to the declaration of …

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Designating PRC and Hong Kong Officials After Widespread Pro-Democracy Arrests in Hong Kong

01/15/2021 12:38 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Today, the United States is designating six PRC and Hong Kong officials in connection with the draconian National Security Law (NSL), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13936, “The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization.” On January 6, Hong Kong authorities arrested more than 50 …

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Protecting and Preserving a Free and Open South China Sea

01/14/2021 11:42 AM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States and all law-abiding nations share a deep interest in the preservation of a free and open South China Sea.  All nations, regardless of military and economic power, should be free to enjoy the rights and freedoms guaranteed to them under international law, …

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United States and Vietnam Convene 17 Friends of the Mekong in Support of a Secure, Prosperous, and Open Mekong Region

01/13/2021 10:48 AM EST Office of the Spokesperson On January 12, the United States and Vietnam co-hosted the first Friends of the Mekong Policy Dialogue under the new Mekong-U.S. Partnership.  In his remarks, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Atul Keshap emphasized that the United States is committed …

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Update on Department Transition Efforts and Travel

01/12/2021 12:44 PM EST  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Department of State is well along in its transition efforts with President-elect Biden’s team.  We are fully committed to the completion of a smooth and orderly transition process to be finalized over the next 8 days.  Both the Department and the President-elect’s team have …

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Lifting Self-Imposed Restrictions on the U.S.-Taiwan Relationship

Lifting Self-Imposed Restrictions on the U.S.-Taiwan Relationship 01/09/2021 03:29 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and reliable partner of the United States, and yet for several decades the State Department has created complex internal restrictions to regulate our diplomats, servicemembers, and other officials’ interactions with their Taiwanese counterparts. The United States government took these actions …

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Joint Statement on Hong Kong

Joint Statement on Hong Kong 01/09/2021 06:07 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Begin Text: We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, underscore our serious concern …

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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo : On the Mass Arrests of Democracy Advocates in Hong Kong

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO January 6, 2021 On the Mass Arrests of Democracy Advocates in Hong Kong Today’s arrests of more than 50 politicians and pro-democracy advocates by local authorities in Hong Kong is an outrage, and a reminder of the Chinese …

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Sanctioning Companies Supporting Iran’s Metal Industry

Press Statement MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 5, 2021 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on 17 companies and one individual in connection with Iran’s metals industry. The Iranian regime uses revenue from its metals sector to fund the regime’s destabilizing activities around the world. The Department of State is designating China-based …

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China’s Nuclear Madness OP-ED

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AMBASSADOR MARSHALL S. BILLINGSLEA, SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR ARMS CONTROL NEWSWEEK JANUARY 4, 2021 COVID-19 has taught the world that the Chinese Communist Party’s lies can have vast and terrible consequences. As the United States, our allies and our partners renew calls for transparency about the virus, we also urge Beijing to come clean about another danger: China’s opaque and threatening nuclear weapons buildup. During …

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On the Silencing and Prosecution of PRC Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 29, 2020 On the Silencing and Prosecution of PRC Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan The United States strongly condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) sham prosecution and conviction of citizen journalist Zhang Zhan on December 28. We call on the PRC government to release her immediately and unconditionally. …

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Protecting U.S. Investors from Financing Communist Chinese Military Companies

12/28/2020 09:06 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State President Trump took decisive action last month to protect American investors and pension holders from funding Communist Chinese military companies (CCMCs) through Executive Order (13959) Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies.  The Trump Administration is coordinating closely to counter …

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

12/21/2020 12:06 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State China’s authoritarian rulers impose draconian restrictions on the Chinese people’s freedoms of expression, religion or belief, association, and the right to peaceful assembly.  The United States has been clear that perpetrators of human rights abuses like these are not welcome in our country. Today, I …

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

12/18/2020 12:27 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson Senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met virtually today as part of regular Quad consultations to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.  Today’s meeting followed the productive discussions held in Tokyo during the second Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on October 6, …

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U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on People’s Republic of China Actors Linked to Malign Activities

12/18/2020 03:11 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party’s malign activity at home and abroad harms U.S. interests and undermines the sovereignty of our allies and partners.  The United States will use all countermeasures available, including actions to prevent People’s Republic of China (PRC) companies and institutions from exploiting U.S. …

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The Free World’s Leadership Will Defeat COVID-19

12/18/2020 02:37 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State It has now been a year since China first identified a patient in Wuhan stricken with an unknown pneumonia, now known as COVID-19. Since then, the United States and other free nations, such as Germany and the United Kingdom, have led a remarkable and unprecedented …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne

12/17/2020 02:44 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. During the call, Secretary Pompeo and the Foreign Minister Payne reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Australia Alliance, which is based on shared values …

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Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Sectors

12/16/2020 04:48 PM EST  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Petroleum and petrochemicals are major sources of revenue for the Iranian regime, revenue it employs to oppress the Iranian people and to advance its malign foreign agenda. Today, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on Vietnam Gas and Chemicals Transportation Corporation, a vessel manager, …

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Launch of the Mekong Dam Monitor

12/16/2020 03:40 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson On December 15, the U.S. Department of State launched the Mekong Dam Monitor in collaboration with the Stimson Center and Eyes on Earth . The new Mekong Dam Monitor is a significant step toward improving understanding of the water conditions in the Mekong River Basin.  Countries cannot effectively manage what they cannot measure, and for too long the …

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U.S. 2020 APEC Outcomes

12/11/2020 04:26 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson The United States congratulates Malaysia for hosting a successful APEC year despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through entirely virtual APEC meetings, culminating with the virtual meetings of APEC Leaders and Foreign and Trade Ministers, the 21 APEC economies reached consensus on a number of ministerial statements culminating …

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On the Occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day

On the Occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 10, 2020 On the occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury announced sanctions designations and visa restrictions on perpetrators of corruption and serious …

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United States and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption and Human Rights Abuse  

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 10, 2020 United States and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption and Human Rights Abuse Yesterday and today the United States imposed sanctions under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program on corrupt actors and human rights abusers worldwide. These actions target actors …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: International Human Rights Day  

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 10, 2020 International Human Rights Day   On International Human Rights Day, the United States celebrates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day has a special resonance for Americans, as the United States was the …

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Chargé d’Affaires Robert Forden’s Meeting with Deputy Secretary General of National People’s Congress Standing Committee Hu Xiaoli

Beijing–  During a December 10 meeting with Deputy Secretary General of National People’s Congress Standing Committee Hu Xiaoli, Chargé d’Affaires Robert Forden reiterated the United States’ deep concerns over Beijing’s ongoing assault against the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Hong Kong people guaranteed to them in the Sino-UK Joint Declaration.  He emphasized that many …

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President Trump’s Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines

12/08/2020 08:33 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On December 8, President Trump issued the Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines. The Executive Order provides a mandate for the United States to facilitate international access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, reaffirming the United States’ leadership and our …

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Presidential Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2020

Nearly 250 years ago, heroes of our Revolution signed the Declaration of Independence, offering a bold enumeration of inalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator. In time, with independence secured from a tyrannical monarchy, our Nation etched these principles of liberty and equality into the law of our fledgling Nation when we ratified our …

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Chargé d’Affaires Robert Forden’s meeting with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

December 8, 2020 Beijing- As a follow-up to information that was delivered by the Department of State to the PRC Embassy in Washington a day earlier,  Chargé d’Affaires Robert Forden met with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang on December 8 to express the United States’ deep concerns over the Law of the People’s Republic …

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Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo: Designations of National People’s Congress Officials Undermining the Autonomy of Hong Kong

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO December 7, 2020 Designations of National People’s Congress Officials Undermining the Autonomy of Hong Kong Beijing’s unrelenting assault against Hong Kong’s democratic processes has gutted its Legislative Council, rendering the body a rubber stamp devoid of meaningful opposition. One aspect of …

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on People’s Republic of China Officials Engaged in Coercive Influence Activities

12/04/2020 01:20 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has long sought to spread Marxist-Leninist ideology and exert its influence all over the world. The CCP’s United Front Work Department funds and supports overseas organizations to spread propaganda and coerces and bullies those who would oppose Beijing’s policies. The …

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On the Political Persecution of Hong Kong Democracy Advocates

12/03/2020 05:10 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States is appalled by the Hong Kong government’s political persecution of Hong Kong’s courageous pro-democracy advocates. The use of courts to silence peaceful dissent is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes and underscores once again that the Chinese Communist Party’s greatest fear is the …

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U.S. Sanctions CEIEC for Supporting the Illegitimate Maduro Regime’s Efforts to Undermine Venezuelan Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 30, 2020 Today, the United States is sanctioning CEIEC for supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela.  These efforts include restricting internet service and conducting digital surveillance against political opponents of the regime.  CEIEC has provided software, training, and technical expertise to the regime’s entities.  It provides cyber …

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

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 27, 2020 On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the United States sanctioned four entities located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia for supporting Iran’s missile program, under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). We imposed sanctions against Chengdu Best New Materials …

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Inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue

11/20/2020 09:12 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson The close relationship between the United States and Taiwan is rooted in our commitment to the defense of freedom and the promotion of democratic values. Our partnership is built on economic investment and shared people-to-people ties, and we share a vision for the world that includes the …

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The United States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 19, 2020 The Fact Sheet below was released in conjunction with the United States Government’s participation in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meetings hosted by Government of Thailand on November 18-20, 2020: The United States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security “Now is the time to solve this …

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Ambassador Keshap Discusses the Indo-Pacific Strategy and U.S. Priorities for the East Asia Summit at the CSIS Asian Architecture Conference 2020

Ambassador Keshap Discusses the Indo-Pacific Strategy and U.S. Priorities for the East Asia Summit at the CSIS Asian Architecture Conference 2020 REMARKS AMBASSADOR ATUL KESHAP, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASIAN ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE 2020 VIRTUAL NOVEMBER 10, 2020 Thank you, Greg, for that kind introduction. I’m honored to be with you today to discuss U.S. priorities for …

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Joint Statement on Hong Kong

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 18, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, reiterate our serious concern regarding …

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The United States Leads the Fight Against Foreign Bribery and Transnational Corruption

11/17/2020 02:09 PM EST Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson The United States has long been a global leader in combatting foreign bribery, and our efforts are a key pillar of U.S. anti-corruption efforts.  Bribery hinders the clean and competitive functioning of the global economy, distorts markets, and raises the cost of doing business around the world. …

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The U.S. and The Republic of Korea on Working Together to Promote Cooperation between the Indo-Pacific Strategy and the New Southern Policy

The United States of America and The Republic of Korea on Working Together to Promote Cooperation between the Indo-Pacific Strategy and the New Southern Policy 11/13/2020 10:34 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson For the full text in English, please click here: https://www.state.gov/the-united-states-of-america-and-the-republic-of-korea-on-working-together-to-promote-cooperation-between-the-indo-pacific-strategy-and-the-new-southern-policy/

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United States and ASEAN: A Billion Futures Across the Indo-Pacific

11/13/2020 10:05 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson Senior White House officials met with the leaders of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States to advance our strategic partnership during the 8th U.S.-ASEAN Summit held November 13 (November 14 in Southeast Asia). The officials reaffirmed their support for a free and open …

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Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative

11/14/2020 09:51 AM EST Office of the Spokesperson Announced by Vice President Pence two years ago, the Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative includes more than $1 billion in programs that promote civil society, rule of law, and transparent and accountable governance across the region. The support of the United States for good governance is integral to our …

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Disqualification of Pan-Democratic Lawmakers in Hong Kong

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 12, 2020 Beijing’s onslaught against Hong Kong’s freedoms and liberties continues. The United States strongly condemns the “patriotism” resolution passed by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on November 11, which disqualified four members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council for exercising their mandates as lawmakers. This resolution tramples on the rights of …

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Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien

Issued on: November 11, 2020 Beijing’s recent actions disqualifying pro-democracy legislators from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council leave no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has flagrantly violated its international commitments under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and its promises to the people of Hong Kong, including those under the Basic Law.  “One Country, Two Systems” …

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

In November 2017, President Donald Trump laid out the U.S. vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, in which all nations are sovereign, strong and prosperous. Spanning from the U.S. west coast to India’s west coast, with the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at its center, the Indo-Pacific region offers unprecedented potential to …

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

REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS HOOVER INSTITUTION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, ASIA SOCIETY VIRTUAL OCTOBER 30, 2020 As prepared Introduction   Good afternoon. Thank you to the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the Asia Society for inviting me. Thank you to organizers Orville Schell and Larry Diamond. It is an honor to be here today with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. …

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Arrest of Eight Pan-Democratic Politicians in Hong Kong

11/02/2020 10:29 AM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States strongly condemns the arrests of eight pan-democratic politicians in Hong Kong, including five sitting members of the Legislative Council. The arrest of these lawmakers six months after the incident in question is a clear abuse of law enforcement for political purposes. The …

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

10/29/2020 09:12 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum took place online and in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 28-29, 2020.  It showcased high-impact private-sector investment and government efforts to support market competition, job growth, and high-standard economic development for greater prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. The Forum promoted the United States’ …

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists   

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Report to Congress on Access to Tibetan Areas of the PRC

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

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

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Press Statement: PRC’s Reported Sinking of a Vietnamese Fishing Vessel in the South China Sea

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON April 6, 2020 PRC’s Reported Sinking of a Vietnamese Fishing Vessel in the South China Sea We are seriously concerned by reports of the PRC’s sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. This incident is the latest …

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Ambassador Branstad: Moving Forward Together

Last week, President Trump and President Xi had a very good, productive phone conversation regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic.  And, over the weekend, I spoke with Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang about our countries’ joint efforts to combat COVID-19. I underscored that now is the time to look forward, and relayed my appreciation for Chinese …

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U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19

Office of the Spokesperson As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, the U.S. government has provided approximately $18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to ASEAN Member States.  Globally, as …

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Remarks by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press, March 31, 2020

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

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