International Religious Freedom Report for 2017-China Includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau

The constitution states citizens have freedom of religious belief but limits protections for religious practice to “normal religious activities” and does not define “normal.” The government continued to exercise control over religion and restrict the activities and personal freedom of religious adherents when the government perceived these as threatening state or Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ...
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Ji Hyeon-A, a DPRK Defector Tells Her Story

 10858 DRL North Korea MS. JULIE TURNER: Hi, everyone. My name is Julie Turner. And in this edition of Human Rights Heroes, we are going to focus on the incredible challenges facing women defectors from North Korea. I’m joined today by Ji Hyeon-a, a North Korean defector, human rights activist, and author. Welcome, Ms. ...
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Joint Statement from Embassies of Germany and the U.S. on the sentencing of Wu Gan and Xie Yang

The embassies of Germany and the United States are deeply disappointed that Chinese human rights defender and blogger Wu Gan and Chinese attorney Xie Yang have been convicted on vague charges of “subverting state power”, and that Wu has been sentenced to eight years in prison.  We call on the Chinese authorities to release Wu ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2397

In response to the November 29, 2017 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch by North Korea, United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2397 imposes strong new sanctions on North Korea’s energy, export, and import sectors with new maritime authorities to help shut down North Korea’s illicit smuggling activities.
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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling ...
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Remarks at the UN Security Council Ministerial Meeting on D.P.R.K.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak today. On behalf of the United States, I thank Japan and Foreign Minister Kono for convening this ministerial session on the growing threat from North Korea. Upon taking office, President Trump identified North Korea as the United States’s greatest national security threat. That judgment ...
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Ambassador Accepts Phoenix TV’s Interview

 November 20, 2017, Ambassador Branstad accepts Phoenix TV’s interview. The Ambassador talks about our President’s recent visit to Beijing, the taste of American beef, and more. Please click here to watch the interview. More Media Coverage of Ambassador Branstad:  Ambassador Branstad Accepts CCTV’s Interview, November, 2017  Ambassador Branstad Visits Hebei Province, July, 2017
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond,” the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson December 12, 2017 EXCEPTS OF REMARKS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond,” the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum December 12, 2017 Washington, D.C. SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, thank you so much, Stephen, for that warm welcome. *             *             *             ...
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Press Statement: On the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The D.P.R.K.’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must ...
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The Parasites Feeding on North Koreans

By BRIAN H. HOOK Earlier this month at the National Assembly in Seoul, President Trump highlighted the tragic tale of the “two Koreas” — one free, just and peaceful, the other tyrannical, oppressive and dangerous. This contrast is at the root of America’s most urgent national-security challenge. It is also now on vivid display in ...
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Remarks by President Trump Before Cabinet Meeting

Cabinet Room 11:40 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: One of the primary goals of our trip was to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. I want to begin this morning by meeting and by talking about the fact that we will be instituting a very critical step, and that will start right now. Today, the ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Visit to Asia Advanced America First Priorities

“I’m here to advance peace, to promote security, and to work with you to achieve a truly free and open Indo-Pacific, where we are proud and we have sovereign nations, and we thrive, and everybody wants to prosper.” – President Donald J. Trump   INVESTING IN AMERICAN WORKERS: During his trip through Asia, President Donald ...
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Fact Sheet on President Trump’s Visit to China

STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL RESOLVE TO DENUCLEARIZE NORTH KOREA: President Donald J. Trump strengthened international resolve to address the security challenges presented by North Korea. · President Trump and President Xi reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the goal of full, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and stated they will not accept the DPRK as ...
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Excerpts of Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary November 6, 2017 Akasaka Palace Tokyo, Japan 2:58 P.M. JST *             *             *             * PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Well, thank you very much, Shinzo.  And this has been a truly enjoyable trip and one where we’re accomplishing a lot. And I agree with ...
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Remarks on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State John J. Hamre, CEO for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Center for Strategic & International Studies Washington, DC October 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, John, and it is a real pleasure to be back in the building. And I was asking John if ...
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Remarks by President Trump on Iran Strategy

The White House Office of the Press Secretary October 13, 2017   THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. My fellow Americans: As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that ...
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Ambassador Branstad gives remarks at the groundbreaking of the China-U.S. Demonstration Farm modeled on Kimberley Farms of Iowa

“In both Chinese and American cultures, food brings families and people together.  Perhaps because of that, agriculture holds a special place in our hearts.  It is therefore very fitting that this project is often referred to as a ‘friendship farm,’” Ambassador Branstad’s remarks at the groundbreaking of the China-U.S. Demonstration Farm modelled on Kimberley Farms ...
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Deputy Attorney General of the United States Rod J. Rosenstein visited Beijing

Press Release Public Affairs Section U.S. Embassy Beijing Anjialou Road 55, Chaoyang District Beijing, China 100600 Tel: 8531-3000 Fax: 8531-4040 Chinese Website https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/zh/ English Website https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/ Statement From Monday September 25 to Wednesday September 27, Deputy Attorney General of the United States Rod J. Rosenstein visited Beijing for meetings with Minister of Public Security Guo, Procurator General ...
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Remarks by President Trump Before Trilateral Meeting With President Moon of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Abe of Japan

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 21, 2017 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP BEFORE TRILATERAL MEETING WITH PRESIDENT MOON OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND PRIME MINISTER ABE OF JAPAN Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 12:15 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Today I’m announcing a new executive order I just ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations New York, New York PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to ...
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Ambassador Branstad met with Fulbright Lecturers and English Language Fellows

August 31 2017, Ambassador Branstad met with a group of American Fulbright Lecturers and English Language Fellows to emphasize the importance of their role in developing people to people ties with China. These teachers will teach English, history, political science, literature, finance,  and communications to Chinese students all around China.  He shared  how in the ...
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on North Korea

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2017 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on North Korea The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of ...
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford Visits Beijing

“I do believe there is unanimity in seeking a diplomatic and an economic solution to the current crisis in North Korea…I think we’ve had a very transparent exchange with our Chinese interlocutors about North Korea as well… I do believe right now — there’s a long way to go — but we are on a ...
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American Genius is Under Attack from China

Intellectual property theft and expropriation costs US businesses up to $600bn a year -Wilbur Ross The US Department of Commerce houses the patent and trademark office, whose mission is to protect our nation’s innovators and their intellectual property. Above our entrance is inscribed a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “The patent system added fuel to the fire ...
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Ambassador Terry Branstad Arrives in Beijing!

US Ambassador to the Peoples’ Republic of China Terry Branstad and his family have arrived in China and met with the press at his official residence Wednesday, June 28.   His wife Christine, daughter Alison and her husband Jerry Costa, and granddaughters have joined him in Beijing. During the media event he said: “We recognize this ...
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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry met with Chinese Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry met with Chinese Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli at Zhongnanhai on June 8, 2017 to discussed a variety of important issues of mutual interest to both the United States and China, including the development of clean energy technologies such as LNG, carbon capture, utilization and storage, renewable energy, and nuclear ...
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Remarks at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State The Department of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, and thank you all for traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in this counter-ISIS/Daesh ministerial conference. It is indeed encouraging to see the attendance. When the forces of ISIS and Daesh tune into their TVs and ...
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STATEMENT: Secretary of State Tillerson to Travel to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON March 7, 2017 Secretary of State Tillerson to Travel to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and China March 15-19, his first visit as Secretary to the East Asia and Pacific region. In ...
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Here’s President Trump’s first address to Congress

President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we ...
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China Announces Scheduling Controls of Carfentanil and other Fentanyl Compounds

FEB 17 (WASHINGTON D.C.) – China’s National Narcotics Control Commission announced this week that scheduling controls against four fentanyl-class substances – carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl – will begin on March 1, 2017.  This announcement is the culmination of ongoing collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of China, ...
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Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson of Secretary Mnuchin’s Call with Chinese Counterparts

2/17/2017 ​ WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held separate calls with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, Minister of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs Liu He, People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan, and Chinese Minister of Finance Xiao Jie. In each of these calls, Secretary Mnuchin underscored that he looked forward to ...
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The Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J.  TRUMP – AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY INAUGURAL ADDRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort ...
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America First Foreign Policy

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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Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg Meets with Drug Control Officials in China

Meeting to build relationships, recognize increased cooperation with DEA’s main counterpart in China, and to support bilateral investigations JAN 13 (WASHINGTON) – At the invitation of the China Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg visited China this week to discuss issues of mutual concern and to build on ...
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Statement by Mark Toner: Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release January 11, 2017 Statement by Mark Toner: Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea Today, the State Department released our second report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) human rights abuses and censorship, identifying Kim Won ...
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Foreign NGO Management Law Goes into Effect January 1, 2017 (December 13, 2016)

Foreign NGO Management Law Goes into Effect January 1, 2017 On January 1, 2017, China’s Ministry of Public Security will begin implementing and enforcing the new Foreign NGO Management Law, imposing a new regulatory framework on all foreign NGOs regardless of their sphere of activity. The MPS has published NGO registration guidelines on its website, ...
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No More Eyeglasses in the Application Photos

As of November 1, 2016, all foreign passport holders who apply for U.S. visas and all American citizens who apply for new U.S. passports or to renew existing U.S. passports, must remove their eyeglasses in their application photos.  We can no longer accept photographs of visa and U.S. passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, ...
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