Arrest and Detention of Student Democracy Activists in Hong Kong Under the National Security Law

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO October 29, 2020 Arrest and Detention of Student Democracy Activists in Hong Kong Under the National Security Law The United States strongly condemns the arrest and detention of three student democracy activists and calls on Hong Kong authorities to release those that remain detained immediately. The Beijing-controlled Hong Kong …

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Launch of the U.S.-EU Dialogue on China

10/23/2020 02:57 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The following is the text of a joint press release by the U.S. Department of State and the European External Action Service. Begin text: On October 23, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

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

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Designation of Additional PRC Propaganda Outlets as Foreign Missions

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

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons

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

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

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

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Designation of a United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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China’s Empty Promises in the South China Sea

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

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State Legislatures and the China Challenge

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

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

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

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China’s Catholics and the Church’s Moral Witness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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United States-ASEAN Strategic Partnership

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

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The Hypocrisy of the PRC’s Propaganda System

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

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

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

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Secretary Pompeo At a Press Availability

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

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Advancing Reciprocity in U.S.- China Diplomatic Relations

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

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On China’s Continued Coercion of the United Kingdom

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

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Statement on Call Between the United States and China

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

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Suspension or Termination of Three Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong

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

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

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

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Briefing On Actions Taken to Counter PRC Influence Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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The Clean Network Safeguards America’s Assets

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

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

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

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Report to Congress on Access to Tibetan Areas of the PRC

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

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

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

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On the CCP’s Extra-Territorial Authoritarianism

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

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History, Ambition, and Technology: The CCP’s Challenges to U.S. Export Control Policy

History, Ambition, and Technology: The Chinese Communist Party’s Challenges to U.S. Export Control Policy REMARKS DR. CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY FORD, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND NONPROLIFERATION U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CHINA TASK FORCE JULY 13, 2020 As prepared Good day, Mr. Chairman and distinguished Members, and thank you for inviting me.  It is a pleasure to …

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On the Postponement of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Elections

On the Postponement of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Elections 08/01/2020 10:45 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States condemns the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone by one year upcoming Legislative Council elections originally scheduled for September 6. There is no valid reason for such a lengthy delay. It is likely, …

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On Sanctioning Human Rights Abusers in Xinjiang, China

On Sanctioning Human Rights Abusers in Xinjiang, China 07/31/2020 11:13 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities rank as the stain of the century. The Trump Administration has led the world’s effort to impose tangible costs on the …

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Joint Statement on Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2020 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE July 28, 2020 Joint Statement on Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2020  The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Australia on the occasion of the 30th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2020. …

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Briefing On the Closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas

Yesterday, in a landmark speech at the Nixon Library, Secretary Pompeo talked about the need to demand fairness and reciprocity in our relationship with China, and the imperative to focus on Beijing’s actions vice words as a gauge of its intent. Indeed, it’s its action – the actions of the PRC government that led us …

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Remarks By Secretary Esper at an International Institute for Strategic Studies webinar

Now, the Indo-Pacific nation, the United States commitment to a free and open region is rooted deep in the values, history and economic ties we share with our allies and our partners. And it’s only grown deeper in the face of efforts to undermine it, especially recently.

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Communist China and the Free World’s Future

Communist China and the Free World’s Future SPEECH MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA THE RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM JULY 23, 2020 GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, thank you very much, Chris. Most generous. I’m not sure your grandfather would have recognized me. I have the great pleasure – in addition to welcoming all of you to the Nixon …

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Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell’s Participation in the East Asia Summit 2020

Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell’s Participation in the East Asia Summit 2020 Senior Officials Meeting 07/23/2020 04:29 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell participated in the East Asia Summit (EAS) 2020 Senior Officials Meeting that was held via videoconference on July 20, …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

U.S. Policy Toward China: Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 07/22/2020 03:08 PM EDT Stephen Biegun, Deputy Secretary of State Senate Foreign Relations Committee As Prepared Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Menendez, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. This is an important moment in the U.S.-China …

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Secretary Pompeo And British Foreign Secretary Raab At a Press Availability

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab At a Press Availability 07/21/2020 01:00 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State London, United Kingdom Lancaster House FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Really delighted to welcome Secretary Pompeo back to London.  We’ve been discussing the full range of issues today.  We’re going …

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Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Kingdom

Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Kingdom to Discuss Transatlantic Partnership on Global Priorities 07/20/2020 08:32 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson “Our two nations are twin pillars for the security of our people, for economic freedom, and for liberal values, the rule of law; all of the things that our two nations hold dear…our …

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21st Anniversary of the PRC Government’s Persecution of Falun Gong

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release July 20, 2020 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO 21st Anniversary of the PRC Government’s Persecution of Falun Gong Since 1999, the Communist Party of China (CCP) has sought to eradicate Falun Gong, a spiritual practice originating in China, and its peaceful practitioners and …

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Designation of PRC Foreign Nationals and Entities

Designation of PRC Foreign Nationals and Entities under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act 07/17/2020 12:26 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Department of State joins the Department of the Treasury in announcing the designation of five People’s Republic of China foreign nationals – Ji Songyan, Zhan Longbao, Cheng Guifeng, Zheng Guangfu, …

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Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks on China Policy

I would like to thank the leadership and staff of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum — especially Director Elaine Didier — for hosting today’s event.  I’d also like to offer a special thanks to the Ford Presidential Foundation and Executive Director Joe Calvaruso.  Even under normal circumstances, hosting an event can be a challenge, …

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Secretary Michael Pompeo at a press availability

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  I want to start by marking – yeah, good morning.  Good to see some new – James, great to see you back. QUESTION:  Likewise. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Welcome.  I want to start by marking two anniversaries.  First, on July 11th, the United States and Vietnam celebrated the 25th anniversary of the …

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Ambassador Terry Branstad’s meeting with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang

Ambassador Terry Branstad met with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang on July 15 to express the United States’ deep concerns about China’s decisions to erode Hong Kong’s fundamental freedoms and to explain the details of the President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization. Ambassador Branstad explained that the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong …

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The South China Sea, Southeast Asia’s Patrimony, and Everybody’s Own Backyard

The South China Sea, Southeast Asia’s Patrimony, and Everybody’s Own Backyard REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (VIRTUAL) JULY 14, 2020 Remarks as prepared INTRODUCTION Thank you, Greg. I’m honored to join you. I commend CSIS for regularly convening leading thinkers on …

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On the President’s Announcement on Hong Kong

Over the past two weeks, the world has watched as the Chinese Communist Party smothers Hong Kong’s freedom.  In 1984, China promised the United Kingdom and the Hong Kong people in front of the world that it would keep Hong Kong free and open and maintain its high degree of autonomy until the year 2047. 

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New Humanitarian and Health Assistance Bolsters U.S. Leadership in Response to COVID-19

The American people’s generosity remains unmatched in the global fight against COVID-19. The Department of State and USAID are providing an additional $208 million in new humanitarian and health assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by this deadly virus.

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U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions on Certain Employees of Chinese Technology Companies

The United States of America has long been a beacon of hope for the world’s most oppressed peoples, and a voice for those who have been silenced. We have been especially vocal about the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses, which rank among the worst in the world.

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On the Pan-Democratic Primary Election in Hong Kong 

I warmly congratulate Hong Kong’s pan-democrats for their successful primary election.  More than 600,000 Hong Kongers cast ballots in the first territory-wide, pan-democratic primary election. Their enthusiasm clearly demonstrates their desire to make their voices heard in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to suffocate the territory’s freedoms. 

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Welcoming the United Kingdom Decision to Prohibit Huawei from 5G Networks

We welcome news that the United Kingdom plans to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and phase out untrusted Huawei equipment from existing networks. With this decision, the UK joins a growing list of countries from around the world that are standing up for their national security by prohibiting the use of untrusted, high-risk vendors.

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U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea

The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control …

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Secretary Pompeo at a Press Briefing on Current U.S. Foreign Policy

It’s great to be with the Foreign Press Center today. This is my first briefing with all of you, actually, and the Secretary, of course, was with you a few years ago, so we are delighted to be back with all of the foreign press represented here in Washington and New York.

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Five Years of Injustice Following China’s 709 Crackdown

Five Years of Injustice Following China’s 709 Crackdown 07/08/2020 08:13 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On July 9, five years ago the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a nationwide offensive targeting hundreds of defense lawyers and human rights defenders for detention, interrogation, and politically motivated criminal charges. The “709” crackdown, named for …

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Statement On Arms Control Negotiations with China

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON July 9, 2020 On Arms Control Negotiations with China The United States welcomes China’s commitment to engage in arms control negotiations. As such, prudent next steps will need to include face-to-face meetings between the United States and China. The …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on Xinjiang

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO July 9, 2020 The United States Imposes Sanctions and Visa Restrictions in Response to the Ongoing Human Rights Violations and Abuses in Xinjiang The United States will not stand idly by as the CCP carries out human rights …

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FBI Director Christopher Wray’s Remarks on China

Christopher Wray Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Hudson Institute, Video Event: China’s Attempt to Influence U.S. Institutions Washington, D.C. July 7, 2020 The Threat Posed by the Chinese Government and the Chinese Communist Party to the Economic and National Security of the United States Remarks as delivered. Good morning. I realize it’s challenging, particularly under …

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Transatlantic Dialogue on China: Managing the Escalating Stakes

Transatlantic Dialogue on China: Managing the Escalating Stakes 07/07/2020 01:02 PM EDT Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs I want to thank the Carnegie Endowment and Institut Montaigne for the opportunity to provide my thoughts on how the United States and Europe can address the global economic challenges posed by China. …

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Implementing Visa Restrictions Under the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO July 7, 2020 Implementing Visa Restrictions Under the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act The United States seeks fair, transparent, and reciprocal treatment from the People’s Republic of China for our citizens. We have taken several steps to further this goal. Unfortunately, …

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On the CCP’s Orwellian Censorship on Hong Kong

On the CCP’s Orwellian Censorship on Hong Kong 07/06/2020 09:17 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party’s destruction of free Hong Kong continues.  With the ink barely dry on the repressive National Security Law, local authorities – in an Orwellian move – have now established a central government national security …

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Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom

Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom By U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad This Independence Day marks America’s 244th birthday.  On July 4, 1776, the founders of our country signed the Declaration of Independence – the document that enshrines our core values.    The ideas it contained – that we are all created equal, and that governments, …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

07/01/2020 01:26 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. Press Briefing Room SECRETARY POMPEO:  Morning, everyone.  How are you all today?  Pretty good? QUESTION:  How are you? SECRETARY POMPEO:  I am good.  And seeing as we’re now on the Fourth of July, or quickly approaching, I thought I’d lead off with some thoughts …

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Fact Sheet: Issuance of Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

FACT SHEET July 1, 2020 Issuance of Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory The U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are issuing a business advisory to caution businesses about the risks of supply chain links to entities that …

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Issuance of the Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

Today, the U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is issuing an advisory to caution businesses about the risks of supply chain links to entities that engage in human rights abuses, including forced labor in Xinjiang and elsewhere …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo On China’s Threats to Impose Visa Restrictions on U.S. Officials

On China’s Threats to Impose Visa Restrictions on U.S. Officials 06/29/2020 Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on Hong Kong prompted the United States to retool its relationship with the territory. The Chinese Communist Party’s threats to retaliate by restricting visas for U.S. citizens exposes once again how Beijing refuses …

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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 26, 2020 U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restricting Human Rights President Trump promised to punish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms.  …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo On China’s Coercive Family Planning and Forced Sterilization Program

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 29, 2020 On China’s Coercive Family Planning and Forced Sterilization Program in Xinjiang  The world received disturbing reports today that the Chinese Communist Party is using forced sterilization, forced abortion, and coercive family planning against Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, as part of a …

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United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China

As demonstrated by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) response to the pandemic, Americans have more reason than ever to understand the nature of the regime in Beijing and the threats it poses to American economic interests, security, and values. President Trump and the Administration are committed to protecting the American people, homeland, and way of …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Virtual Copenhagen Democracy Summit

MR RASMUSSEN:  It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome our next speaker, the American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.  Good morning, Mr. Secretary.  I think it’s morning in your time zone. I know you’ve been traveling from Hawaii where you met a high-ranking Chinese official.  Earlier this year I listened to your speech at …

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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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USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices

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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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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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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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General Joseph W. Stilwell

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