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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            July 10, 2018 Contact: USTR Public & Media Affairs media@ustr.eop.gov Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 Action Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released the following statement regarding action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974: “On Friday, in response to unfair ...
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Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC June 28, 2018 MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us today to mark the release ...
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As demand and deaths increase, US and China cooperate on opioid addiction treatment

Published June 26, 2018 at 6:09 PM Updated June 26, 2018 at 6:10 PM The U.S. and China are highlighting their efforts to fight the opioid epidemic together, as they mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. “Cooperation on combatting the flow of illicit opioids is one of the true bright spots ...
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U.S. Embassy’s Message Celebrating the LGBTI Pride Month

People around the world celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride this Month.  Here in China, American diplomats celebrate Pride Month with friends and colleagues, taking advantage of the chance to recognize the value society gains from each member of society. It is important that each member of our community—of all communities—feel free ...
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Breaking The Cycle: Combating The Opioid Crisis Through Global Drug Demand Reduction

By  Andrew Thompson  on June 25, 2018 June 26 marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, or World Drug Day. This global event, established by the United Nations in 1987, strengthens cooperation and spurs action towards the ambitious goal of a world free of illicit drug use. The consequences of drug use are felt by ...
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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Ambassador Terry Branstad June 26 marks International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, one of the most pressing public health challenges facing the world today is drug use, production and trafficking. And next month will be the 233rd birthday of Commissioner Lin Zexu, who spearheaded Qing Dynasty’s campaign to suppress opium. Fortunately, this is ...
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Remarks at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Oxon Hill, Maryland June 22, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I’m not going to do all 31 flavors for you as they’re not in my prepared remarks. Frankly, I learned a lot actually from that job working scooping ice cream, things ...
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Remarks on America’s Economic Revival

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Detroit Economic Club Detroit, Michigan June 18, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thanks, Gerry, and thanks to the Detroit Economic Club for hosting me. It’s great to be with you. The whole Twitter thing up there makes me really nervous. (Laughter.) And to be – to have my name mentioned ...
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Statement from the President Regarding Trade with China

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2018 Statement from the President Regarding Trade with China On Friday, I announced plans for tariffs on $50 billion worth of imports from China.  These tariffs are being imposed to encourage China to change the unfair practices identified in the Section 301 ...
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Statement by the President Regarding Trade with China

  FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: June 15, 2018 My great friendship with President Xi of China and our country’s relationship with China are both very important to me.  Trade between our nations, however, has been very unfair, for a very long time.  This situation is no longer sustainable.  China has, for example, long been engaging in several unfair ...
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Excerpts of Remarks by President Trump in Press Gaggle

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

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 14, 2018 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend my best wishes to our Muslim friends and partners celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, charity, compassion, and reflection. Eid al-Fitr reminds all of us ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Chinese Officials

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT June 14, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Chinese Officials including President Xi Jinping, Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On his first trip to China as U.S. Secretary of State, ...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi June 14, 2018 Beijing, China STATE COUNCILOR YANG:  (Via interpreter)  Welcome to China.  It will be a great pleasure to meet you.  We spoke on the phone on 5th of May, and I was greatly impressed by the constructive approach to the China-U.S. relationship. ...
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Press Availability With Korean Foreign Minister and Japanese Foreign Minister

MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to now begin the Korea, U.S., and Japan Foreign Ministers Meeting joint press conference. Today, we have been joined by the Minister Kang Kyung-wha, the Secretary Pompeo, and Foreign Minister Kono. They will speak for five minutes. And as was consulted previously, Minister Kang is going to speak in ...
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Press Conference by President Trump

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

STATEMENTS & RELEASES Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit     FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: June 12, 2018 President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un at Signing of a Joint Statement

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________     For Immediate Release June 12, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHAIRMAN KIM JONG UN OF THE STATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA AT SIGNING OF A JOINT STATEMENT Capella Hotel Singapore 1:39 P.M. SGT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So we’re signing ...
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Statement Regarding the Summit Between the United States and North Korea

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2018 Statement Regarding the Summit Between the United States and North Korea The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected. President Donald J. Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong ...
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Statement from Secretary of State Pompeo

Journalist colleagues, The following statement is on the record from Secretary Mike Pompeo: The President and the entire U.S. team are looking forward to tomorrow’s summit.  We have had substantive and detailed meetings to date, including this morning with the North Koreans. I would like to thank our Singaporean hosts for their gracious hospitality in helping ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Press Briefing at the White House

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, I’m going to take a couple questions. (Laughter.) A couple. Good afternoon. It’s great to be joining you all here today. Early in his presidency, President Trump made a commitment to address the threat of North Korea, which has been a threat to our nation for far too long.
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 8, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ On June 7, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met at the Department of State with Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai. During their meeting, they discussed the importance of the upcoming summit between President Trump and North ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference (Excerpts) Issued on: June 7, 2018 Rose Garden 2:22 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: … As I prepare to meet next week with Kim Jong Un — and I want to bring up the fact that the Prime Minister Abe and, also, President Moon ...
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Secretary Ross Announces $1.4 Billion ZTE Settlement

Secretary Ross Announces $1.4 Billion ZTE Settlement; ZTE Board, Management Changes and Strictest BIS Compliance Requirements Ever 06/07/2018 09:43 AM EDT  Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China (“ZTE Corporation”) and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (“ZTE Kangxun”) (collectively, “ZTE”) has agreed to severe ...
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Remarks by President Trump after Meeting with Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol of the DPRK

Remarks by President Trump after Meeting with Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea   South Lawn 2:41 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  The meeting went very well.  We’ll be meeting on June 12th in Singapore.  It went very well.  It’s really a get-to-know-you kind of a situation. Mike has spent ...
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis; John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS June 2, 2018 JOHN CHIPMAN:  Ministers, members of houses of parliament, delegates, welcome to the opening plenary of the 17th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. We have a very full program before us this morning, and so I’m delighted to be able to open ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: 29th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 3, 2018 On the 29th anniversary of the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, we remember the tragic loss of innocent lives. As Liu Xiaobo wrote in his 2010 Nobel Peace Prize speech, delivered in absentia, “the ...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a Press Availability

REMARKS May 31, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a Press Availability   Lotte Palace Hotel Spellman Room New York, New York SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  As you know, in addition to my meeting with Vice Chairman Kim Yong-chol, we have teams in Singapore and at the DMZ working with their North Korean ...
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Recommendations to the President on Securing America’s Cyber Interests and Deterring Cyber Threats

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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Fact Sheet: Five Things To Know About This Year’s International Religious Freedom Report Release

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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Secretary Pompeo’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 Good morning, everyone.  It is my great privilege to join you this morning and to release the 2017 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a testament to the United States’ historic role in preserving and advocating for religious freedom around the ...
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Statement on Steps to Protect Domestic Technology and Intellectual Property

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 29, 2018 Statement on Steps to Protect Domestic Technology and Intellectual Property from China’s Discriminatory and Burdensome Trade Practices  On March 22, 2018, the President signed a memorandum announcing that the United States would take multiple steps to protect domestic technology and intellectual ...
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President Trump is Confronting China’s Unfair Trade Polices

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 29, 2018 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS CONFRONTING CHINA’S UNFAIR TRADE POLICIES “From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal.” – President Donald J. Trump YEARS OF UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES: China has consistently taken advantage of the ...
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Strengthening American Diplomacy: Reviewing the State Department’s Budget, Operations, and Policy Priorities

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Chairman Royce, thank you Ranking Member Engel. It’s good to see you both again. And thank you distinguished members of the committee that I had the privilege to serve with. It is great to be back. And I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the 2019 budget request for the State ...
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Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi at a Press Availability

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. I’m pleased today to host State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here in Washington for my first meeting with [1]  the Secretary of State. Thank you. It’s wonderful to see you. As you know, the President and this administration is committed to a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, and I am glad ...
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Remarks by President Trump at Signing of S. 2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I’d like to begin by saying that based on the recent statement of North Korea, I have decided to terminate the planned summit in Singapore on June 12th. While many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead, potentially, I believe that this is a tremendous setback for ...
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Heather Nauert Statement On The Conviction Of Tashi Wangchuk

 STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON May 22, 2018 Conviction of Tashi Wangchuk We are deeply disappointed that the Chinese government convicted Tashi Wangchuk, an advocate for Tibetan language education, on the charge of “inciting separatism” for exercising his fundamental freedom of expression in calling on the government to give greater attention and resources to teach the ...
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Joint Statement of the United States and China Regarding Trade Consultations

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2018  Joint Statement of the United States and China Regarding Trade Consultations  At the direction of President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping, on May 17 and 18, 2018, the United States and China engaged in constructive consultations regarding trade in ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 17, 2018 The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ...
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Trump Administration Officials to Host Trade Delegation from China

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2018 Trump Administration Officials to Host Trade Delegation from China The trade delegation from China, led by Vice Premier Liu He will participate in meetings at the Department of the Treasury on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18, 2018. Treasury Secretary ...
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Ambassador Branstad commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On May 17, the U.S. Embassy in China marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT).  IDAHOT is a day to celebrate advances we’ve made toward equality and justice for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow citizens.  It is also a day to examine ...
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Secretary of State’s Statement on Ramadan

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 15, 2018 On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection. Ramadan is also a ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan

With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer.  Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing ...
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Chinese Government’s Harassment of Early Rain Covenant Church

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 15, 2018 We are deeply concerned by the Chinese government’s reported harassment of the Early Rain Covenant Church, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province after they planned to hold a memorial service on May 12, for the victims of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. The United States government joins ...
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Ambassador Branstad’s Statement On the 10th Anniversary of Sichuan Earthquake

Ten years ago, Sichuan was struck by a powerful earthquake which unleashed devastation throughout the region and claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 people, many of them children. Tragedies like this remind us all of our shared humanity, and people throughout America mourned the victims, prayed for survivors, and sent relief supplies and assistance. In ...
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Remarks by President Trump At Arrival Of Americans Detained In North Korea

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________           For Immediate Release May 10, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT ARRIVAL OF AMERICANS DETAINED IN NORTH KOREA Joint Base Andrews Prince George’s County, Maryland 3:02 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  This is a great honor.  Hopefully everything is going to work out at the highest ...
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President Donald J. Trump is Ending United States Participation in an Unacceptable Iran Deal

The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING AMERICA FROM A BAD DEAL: President Donald J. Trump is terminating the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and re-imposing sanctions lifted under the ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: May 8, 2018 Diplomatic Reception Room 2:13 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  Today, I want to update the world on our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror.  It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call with Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi

“Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call with Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi. United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by phone today with Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee Yang Jiechi.  ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on China’s Political Correctness 

Statement from the Press Secretary on China’s Political Correctness President Donald J. Trump ran against political correctness in the United States. He will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens. On April 25, the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a letter ...
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Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert Remarks on World Press Freedom Day

A few announcements to start out today. First, I’d like to start with recognizing all of you. As many of you journalists know today, today is the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. Journalists shine a light on many issues around the world, keeping citizens informed, prompting robust debate and discussion – we certainly ...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo With Jonathan Karl of ABC’s This Week

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

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to discuss the April 27 meeting between President Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  President Trump thanked President Moon for the close coordination between the Republic of Korea and the United States in the lead-up to his meeting, ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan  

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.  The leaders affirmed their commitment to achieving the permanent and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea and to continuing their close coordination in advance of talks between the United States and North Korea.  They also reiterated the need for North Korea to abandon ...
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Frank Whitaker, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, on National College Decision Day

May 1 is an exciting and important milestone; the date marks “national college decision day” in the United States.  Students decide by this date which college or university is the right fit for them.  I congratulate those students who have received acceptances already and those who will receive acceptances in the coming months.  You should ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on the Inter-Korean Summit  

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2018 Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on the Inter-Korean Summit   The fact that North Korea has come to the table without the United States making any concessions speaks to the strength of President Trump’s leadership and is a clear sign ...
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USTR Releases 2018 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the 2018 Special 301 Report, identifying trading partners that do not adequately or effectively protect and enforce intellectual property (IP) rights or otherwise deny market access to U.S. innovators and creators that rely on protection of their IP rights.  The Report calls ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Inter-Korean Summit

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2018 Statement from the Press Secretary on the Inter-Korean Summit   On the occasion of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, we wish the Korean people well. We are hopeful that talks will ...
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President Trump Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day 2018

On World Intellectual Property Day, we not only celebrate invention and innovation, but also we recognize how integral intellectual property rights are to our Nation's economic competitiveness.  Intellectual property rights support the arts, sciences, and technology.  They also create the framework for a competitive market that leads to higher wages and more jobs for everyone.  ...
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Ambassador Branstad: Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights Requires More than Just Words

Ambassador Branstad: During my first trip to China in 1984 as Governor of Iowa, I took an old steam locomotive from Beijing to Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province to run a sister-state program that I had signed with the Governor of Hebei in 1983.  I then met a Hebei County level Party Secretary named Xi Jinping ...
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China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) 2017 Human Rights Report

Link to  China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) 2017 Human Rights Repor t (PDF, 626KB) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is an authoritarian state in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the paramount authority. CCP members hold almost all top government and security apparatus positions. Ultimate authority rests with the CCP Central Committee’s 25-member Political Bureau (Politburo) and its seven-member Standing ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Summit Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

On April 17-18 at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their sixth meeting, and third major summit, and affirmed their strong determination to strengthen our shared resolve on North Korea, and increase the capability of the U.S.-Japan Alliance to confront all emerging threats to peace, stability, and an international order based on the ...
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Secretary Perdue Statement Regarding Chinese Duties on U.S. Sorghum

(Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding China’s announcement of duties of almost 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports: “The international grain market is about the freest market there is, and it is ludicrous to even mention ‘dumping,’ because China can buy product from ...
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G7 Finance Ministers Joint Statement on North Korea

APRIL 18, 2018 North Korea’s continued development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs poses a grave threat to international peace and security. We remain committed to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and dismantlement of North Korea’s WMD and ballistic missile programs, but North Korea must match ...
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President Donald J. Trump Has Taken Action to Stop Syrian Chemical Weapons Use

“I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.” President Donald J. Trump CALL FOR ACTION IN SYRIA: President Donald J. Trump is joining with allies to call on Syria and Syria’s defenders to declare and dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The United States has ...
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Statement by Spokesperson Heather Nauert On the Chemical Attack in Douma

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2018 We continue to closely follow disturbing reports on April 7 regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially high number of casualties, including ...
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What You Need To Know About President Donald J. Trump’s Actions Responding To China’s Unfair Trade Practices

WHAT: President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is taking action to address China’s unfair trade practices, including the forced transfer of United States technology and theft of U.S. intellectual property.   The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced an initial proposed list of Chinese goods imports that could be subject to additional tariffs. The initial list included approximately ...
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Press Statement: U.S. ASEAN Dialogue April 3, 2018

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton co-chaired the 31st U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 3 together with Secretary General Dato’ Ramlan Ibrahim of Malaysia.  The Dialogue included fruitful talks among the United States, all ten ASEAN members, and the ASEAN Secretariat, and demonstrated the ongoing importance of ...
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Under Section 301 Action, USTR Releases Proposed Tariff List on Chinese Products

Washington, DC – As part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today published a proposed list of products imported from China that could be subject to additional tariffs. Following USTR’s Section 301 investigation, ...
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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Another Historic UN Sanctions Package on North Korea

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2018 Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Another Historic UN Sanctions Package on North Korea Today, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations secured Security Council support for the largest-ever UN sanctions designation package on North Korea. The ...
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Presidential Memorandum on the Actions by the United States Related to the Section 301 Investigation

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE THE SENIOR ADVISOR FOR POLICY THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR ECONOMIC POLICY THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND COUNTERTERRORISM SUBJECT:        Actions by the United States Related to the Section 301 ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Operatives from the United States

March 26, 2018 Today, the United States began the process of expelling 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who have abused their privilege of residence in the United States. After a review, we have determined that the 12 intelligence operatives engaged in espionage activities that are adverse to‎ our national ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the ...
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Section 301 Fact Sheet

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Executive Office of the President Washington, D.C. March 22, 2018 Section 301 Fact Sheet Following a Memorandum from President Trump, on August 18, 2017, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into the government of China’s acts, policies, and ...
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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump at Signing of a Presidential Memorandum Targeting China’s Economic Aggression

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you everybody.  This has been long in the making.  You’ve heard many, many speeches by me and talks by me, and interviews where I talk about unfair trade practices.  We’ve lost, over a fairly short period of time, 60,000 factories in our country — closed, shuttered, gone.  Six million jobs, at ...
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State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, March 22, 2018

We have a longstanding relationship with China.  There’s a lot of work that is left to be done with two massive, massive countries.  One of the key things that we will be dealing with regard to China is the DPRK, and let me remind you that they voted in support of UN Security Council resolutions ...
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President Donald J. Trump is Standing Up For American Innovation

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2018 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS STANDING UP FOR AMERICAN INNOVATION “Under my Administration, the theft of American prosperity will end. We’re going to defend our industry and create a level playing field for the American worker — finally.” – President Donald ...
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U.S. Statement to the 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Now more than ever, our work in the Commission is vital to protecting the health and security of all our citizens. The world drug problem is ever-evolving and changing. Today, we are in the midst of a new drug trafficking paradigm where international criminal organizations trafficking in drugs are evading international controls by creating synthetic ...
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The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground. Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will ...
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On January 1, China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law will take effect.  Non-government organizations working around the world, including in China, do critical work.  They help people exchange knowledge, skills, and ideas.  They help societies drive innovation, they contribute to social stability, and they support the neediest among us.  They promote business development and trade, ...
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President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping have forged a historic partnership between the United States and China to lead in combatting climate change. From the Sunnylands meeting in 2013, to the landmark November 2014 Joint Announcement on Climate Change and the September 2015 and March 2016 Joint Presidential Statements on Climate Change, leadership by ...
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The President met today with President Xi Jinping of China.  The two leaders commended the progress achieved in strengthening the foundation of the bilateral relationship and committed to continuing to manage differences constructively and expand practical cooperation on regional and global challenges.  Both leaders expressed satisfaction with jointly joining the Paris climate agreement and pledged to work together ...
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National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met yesterday at the White House with Chinese human rights advocates to discuss issues related to human rights, including religious freedom, in China. The discussion focused on concerns regarding the deterioration of conditions inside China for both human rights generally and religious freedom specifically, as well as the participants’ ...
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Secretary Kerry Honors 14 Women of Courage

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Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Fact Sheet

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CBP Announces the Electronic Visa Update System

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Joint Statement on China’s Human Rights Situation

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Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to The Republic of Korea and China

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U.S. and China to Launch 2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year

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Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

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Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the North Korean Missile Launch

North Korea’s launch using ballistic missile technology, following so closely after its January 6 nuclear test, represents yet another destabilizing and provocative action and is a flagrant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.  North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs represent serious threats to our interests–including the security of some of our closest ...
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Statement by the President on the Signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

For more than five years, a group of 12 countries have negotiated a forward-looking trade deal that sets new, high standards for trade and investment in one of the world’s fastest growing and most important regions. Today, these countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a new type of trade deal that puts American workers first. ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the North Korean Nuclear Test

The United States and nations around the world have unequivocally condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test.  This highly provocative act poses a grave threat to international peace and security and blatantly violates multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. As I am reiterating today in conversations with my counterparts overseas, the U.S. is committed to defending the ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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Secretary Kerry Travel to Zurich, Davos, Riyadh, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and Beijing

Press Statement John Kirby Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 15, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Zurich, Switzerland, on January 20 where he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss Syria and Ukraine. Secretary Kerry will then travel to the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Travel to Japan, Burma, the Republic of Korea, and China January 14-21

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel later this week to Tokyo, Naypyitaw, Seoul, and Beijing to consult with U.S. allies in the region; see first-hand progress in Burma’s post-election democratic transition; conduct the interim Strategic Security Dialogue with the Chinese government; and discuss a range of other regional and global issues.  This is ...
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Joint Press Release of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group on Afghan Peace and Reconciliation

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East Asia and the Pacific: Assistant Secretary Ryan Travels to Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 30, 2015 Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan will travel to Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo, November 1-10, to engage international stakeholders in the Department of State’s cross-cultural and educational diplomacy efforts. In Beijing, Assistant Secretary Ryan will meet with Chinese cultural ...
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OPENING STATEMENT: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken at his meeting with PRC State Councilor Yang Jiechi

October 8, 2015, Zhongnanhai, Beijing, China Deputy Secretary Blinken: Thank you, State Councilor, and I have to say that we share your assessment of the success of President Xi’s visit. I think we demonstrated again to the world that we can cooperate in a very meaningful way: in ways that advance the interests of American ...
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FACT SHEET: The United States and China Issue Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change with New Domestic Policy Commitments and a Common Vision

On the occasion of President Xi’s State Visit to Washington, D.C., the United States and China today marked another major milestone in their joint leadership in the fight against climate change with the release of a U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change. The Statement, which builds on last November’s historic announcement by President Obama ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Mid-Autumn Festival

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U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

In November 2014, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping stood together in Beijing to make a historic U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, emphasizing their personal commitment to a successful climate agreement in Paris and marking a new era of multilateral climate diplomacy as well as a new pillar in their bilateral relationship. On ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Economic Relations

The United States and China recognize their shared interest in promoting a strong and open global economy, inclusive growth and sustainable development, and a stable international financial system, supported by the multilateral economic institutions founded at the end of World War II that have benefited the peoples of both nations. Both countries recognize and value ...
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FACT SHEET: President Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the United States

On September 24-25, 2015, President Barack Obama hosted President Xi Jinping of China for a State visit.  The two heads of state exchanged views on a range of global, regional, and bilateral subjects.  President Obama and President Xi agreed to work together to constructively manage our differences and decided to expand and deepen cooperation in ...
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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price on the Stampede Near Mecca

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WASHINGTON – This week, law enforcement officials from the United States and the People’s Republic of China met in Beijing to coordinate their efforts to fight international drug trafficking. Representatives of the two sides held two separate but related meetings to exchange law enforcement information, share their assessments of the drug problem, discuss responses in ...
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From September 9-12, senior Administration officials held a series of meetings with Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Meng Jianzhu in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Meng traveled to Washington as President Xi Jinping’s Special Envoy to discuss cybersecurity and other issues in advance of President Xi’s State ...
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On September 14, U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus convened the second 2015 Ambassador’s IPR Roundtable, “Innovation in Action: Patents and Trade Secrets.”  More than 150 guests attended the event, including representatives from the Chinese government, industry, and IP community. Ambassador Baucus, along with State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Commissioner Shen Changyu, delivered keynote remarks.  ...
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Important Change to Your Passport

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