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

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons

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

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Designation of a United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

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

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

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On the UN Human Rights Council’s Embrace of Authoritarian Regimes

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 13, 2020 In 2018, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to its well-established pattern of anti-Israel bias and membership rules that allow the election of the world’s worst human rights abusers to seats on the Council.  Prior to making this decision, and after ...
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China’s Empty Promises in the South China Sea

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MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met virtually on September 25, 2020, for consultations on collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. The four democracies discussed ways to work together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, promote transparency and counter disinformation, and ...
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State Legislatures and the China Challenge

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

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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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Advancing U.S. Engagement and Countering China in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond

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The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people. History shows appeasement only emboldens such regimes. Thus today, the ...
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Under Secretary Keith Krach’s Travel to Taiwan

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach will travel to Taiwan to attend the memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui on September 19, 2020. The United States honors President Lee’s legacy by continuing our strong bonds with Taiwan and ...
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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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U.S. Citizens Voting Assistance

Voting Message for 2020 General Election (released on August 14, 2020) The  Federal Voting Assistance Program  and the Department of State’s page on  Absentee Voting Information  are the most up-to-date voting information resources for Americans living abroad. Please visit these websites to learn about deadlines and procedures for registering and voting. Overseas U.S. citizens usually need to register every year, which means mailing in your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) so that you’re ...
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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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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Participation in the First U.S.-Mekong Partnership Ministerial Meeting

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Participation in the First U.S.-Mekong Partnership Ministerial Meeting to Launch the Mekong-U.S. Partnership The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: On Friday, September 11, the United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the ASEAN Secretariat launched the Mekong-U.S. Partnership.  The Partnership will expand on cooperation ...
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Launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership: Expanding U.S. Engagement with the Mekong Region

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 Launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership: Expanding U.S. Engagement with the Mekong Region The United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam reaffirmed their long-standing relationship by launching the Mekong-U.S. Partnership on September 11. The United States announced plans, working with the U.S. Congress, to increase support for the autonomy, economic independence, ...
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International Day of Democracy

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance.  Democracies are accountable to their citizens.  They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and respect the freedoms, dignity, and equality ...
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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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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

09/12/2020 04:54 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun led the U.S. delegation at the 27th Annual ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting, attended by Foreign Ministers of the 26 ARF participating countries, including the DPRK, as well as the EU ...
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The Enduring U.S. Commitment to ASEAN

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 America has long been a friend to ASEAN countries. At the ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ meeting recently, I reaffirmed U.S. support for ASEAN’s role at the heart of the Indo-Pacific. The ASEAN Outlook for the Indo-Pacific and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy share a respect for sovereignty, the rule of law, transparency, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in ASEAN-United States 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 the annual ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with his counterparts from the 10 ASEAN member states via videoconference on September 9. Secretary Pompeo and his ASEAN counterparts highlighted the breadth and depth of U.S. engagement and ...
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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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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

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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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Update on U.S. Withdrawal from the World Health Organization

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 The United States has long been the world’s most generous provider of health and humanitarian assistance to people around the world.  This assistance is provided with the support of the American taxpayer with the reasonable expectation that it serve an effective purpose and reach those in need. Unfortunately, the World ...
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Imposing Sanctions on Entities for Engaging in Transactions Related to Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Industry

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Secretary Pompeo to Participate in Virtual Meetings

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 Secretary Pompeo looks forward to meeting with his ASEAN counterparts and Foreign Ministers from across the Indo-Pacific region September 9-11 in the ASEAN-related Ministerial Meetings. On September 9, Secretary Pompeo will participate in the virtual East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ meeting.  The EAS is the region’s premier leaders-led forum ...
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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

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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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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 21, 2020 The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, ...
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Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Nations

Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Nations 08/19/2020 06:24 PM EDT Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson Secretary Pompeo will travel to New York City on August 20-21 to notify the United Nations Security Council that the United States will initiate the process to restore UN sanctions on Iran.  Thirty days after Secretary Pompeo’s notification, a range ...
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Suspension or Termination of Three Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong

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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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On the Security Council’s Failure to Hold Iran Accountable

On the Security Council’s Failure to Hold Iran Accountable 08/14/2020 06:08 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United Nations Security Council is charged with the responsibility of maintaining international peace and security. It failed today to uphold its fundamental mission set. It rejected a reasonable resolution to extend the 13-year old arms ...
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Briefing On Actions Taken to Counter PRC Influence Operations

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Historic Day for Peace in the Middle East

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

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

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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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Joint Statement on the Erosion of Rights in Hong Kong

Joint Statement on the Erosion of Rights in Hong Kong 08/09/2020 10:26 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson We the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State are gravely concerned by the Hong Kong government’s unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative ...
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U.S. Government Response to the Explosion in Beirut

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 7, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, and the Republic of Korea.  Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of continued close coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  They noted the importance ...
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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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New Covid-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund

New Covid-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 5, 2020 The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are launching a new COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement & Partnership Fund with $10 million in supplemental COVID-19 assistance funds to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping ...
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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

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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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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 29, 2020 New foreign assistance funding commitments continue to bolster the unparalleled global leadership of the United States in response to COVID-19. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion to benefit the international response, including ...
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2020 U.S.-Australia Ministerial Consultations on Health Security Cooperation

2020 U.S.-Australia Ministerial Consultations on Health Security Cooperation 07/28/2020 03:15 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The Governments of the United States of America and Australia discussed health security cooperation at the 2020 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) on July 28, 2020. International collaboration is critical to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the collective threat ...
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The United States and Russia Hold Space Security Exchange

The United States and Russia Hold Space Security Exchange 07/28/2020 07:43 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson Officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Energy, as well as the National Security Council, met with Russian Federation officials in a Space Security Exchange under the framework of the Strategic Security Dialogue. In more than 13 ...
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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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U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights

U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 07/20/2020 09:38 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson “Authoritarian regimes are poorly designed to deal with the kind of crisis that this pandemic has engendered.  Democracies, where we are free to critique and comment … these are the ...
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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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On January 29, 2020 the Department allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. government employees. Reconsider travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. A novel (new) coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness that began in ...
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