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

Advancing U.S. Engagement and Countering China in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond TESTIMONY DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS WASHINGTON, DC SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 Chairman Risch, Ranking Member Menendez, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Committee to discuss the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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United States Stands with Canada Against China’s Arbitrary Detention of Canadian Citizens

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 22, 2020 United States Stands with Canada Against China’s Arbitrary Detention of Canadian Citizens The United States is extremely concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) decision to proceed with formal charges against Canadian citizens Michael ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement On China’s Attempted Coercion of the United Kingdom

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO June 9, 2020 On China’s Attempted Coercion of the United Kingdom The United States stands with our allies and partners against the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics. In the latest example, Beijing has reportedly threatened to punish ...
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Travel Alert Level 3 Reconsider Travel to China

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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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Officials for Repression in Xinjiang

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 8, 2019 The Chinese government has instituted a highly repressive campaign against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) that includes mass detentions in internment camps; pervasive, high-tech surveillance; draconian controls on expressions of cultural and religious identities; and coercion of ...
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2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: China

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: China (Includes Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Macau) JUNE 21, 2019 Reports on Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet are appended at the end of this report.  Given the scope and severity of reported religious freedom violations specific to Xinjiang this year, a separate section on the region is also ...
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The U.S. To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm for Purchasing Oil From Iran

The United States To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm Zhuhai Zhenrong Company Limited for Purchasing Oil From Iran PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2019 Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime by imposing sanctions on the Chinese ...
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U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Treasury today released the following statement in response to the “White Paper” issued by China

06/03/2019 The United States is disappointed that the Chinese have chosen in the “White Paper” issued yesterday and recent public statements to pursue a blame game misrepresenting the nature and history of trade negotiations between the two countries.  To understand where the parties are and where they can go, it is necessary to understand the ...
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China’s attack on Uighurs isn’t counterterrorism. It’s ugly repression.

ByNathan Salesand Sam Brownback May 22 at 7:48 PM Nathan Sales is the ambassador at large for counterterrorism and Sam Brownback is the ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department. The Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang province is drawing condemnation from civilized nations and civil society because of its ...
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Director Carroll Statement on China’s Class Scheduling of Fentanyl

Director Carroll Statement on China’s Class Scheduling of Fentanyl Washington, D.C. – Today, Director of National Drug Control Policy James Carroll released the following statement regarding China’s announcement that it is following through on its pledge to add fentanyl to the country’s list of controlled substances, effective May 1. “Each year, tens of thousands of ...
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READOUT: Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Beijing, China

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT October 8, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Beijing, China The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On October 8, Secretary of State Pompeo met separately with Member of the Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of ...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Religious persecution in Iran, China must end now

Around the world, adherents from innumerable faith backgrounds suffer similar violations of their most fundamental human rights. Earlier this year, the State Department hosted six United States-based Uighur journalists with Radio Free Asia’s Uighur Service. Their reporting indicates that Chinese authorities are likely detaining, at least, hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in internment camps in Xinjiang.  ...
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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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Remarks by President Trump and President Xi of China in Joint Press Statement | Beijing, China

For Immediate Release November 09, 2017 Remarks by President Trump and President Xi of China in Joint Press Statement | Beijing, China Great Hall of the People Beijing, China 12:57 P.M. CST PRESIDENT XI: (As interpreted.) Your Honorable, President Donald Trump, friends from the press: Good afternoon. It is my great pleasure to meet all ...
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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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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Chinese Human Rights Adv

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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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Trip to China and Laos

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 18, 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Trip to China and Laos President Obama will travel to China and Laos September 2-9, 2016.  This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the G-20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation as ...
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Sentencing of Lawyers and Rights Activists in China

Press Statement Elizabeth Trudeau Director, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC August 8, 2016 Last week, a Chinese court convicted prominent human rights attorney Zhou Shifeng, director of the Fengrui law firm, and activists Hu Shigen, Zhai Yanmin, and Gou Hongguo of the apparently politically motivated charge of “subversion of state power.” More than a ...
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Joint Statement on China’s Human Rights Situation

Mr. President, I have the honor to read this statement on behalf of a group including: the United States, Ireland, the UK, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. We share the concerns expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the OHCHR’s February 16 press release highlighting China’s ongoing ...
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Trial of Pu Zhiqiang

We remain concerned that Pu Zhiqiang, a prominent Chinese defense lawyer, is being tried under vague charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Lawyers and civil society leaders such as Mr. Pu should not be subject to continuing repression, but should be allowed to contribute to the building of a prosperous ...
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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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Deputy Secretary Blinken and Ambassador Baucus’s Press Roundtable

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken United States Ambassador to China Max Baucus Press Roundtable, Lost Heaven Restaurant, Beijing, China October 8, 2015 Deputy Secretary Blinken:  It’s a great pleasure for me to be back in China.  I began my job as the Deputy Secretary of State in January of this year.  I had worked ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, United States Ambassador to China Max Baucus, Press Roundtable, Lost Heaven Restaurant, Beijing, China

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken United States Ambassador to China Max Baucus Press Roundtable, Lost Heaven Restaurant, Beijing, China October 8, 2015 Deputy Secretary Blinken: It’s a great pleasure for me to be back in China.  I began my job as the Deputy Secretary of State in January of this year.  I had worked ...
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Opening Statement: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken at his meeting with PLA Gen. Fang Fenghui

Deputy Secretary Blinken: General, thank you very much for receiving us today.  It’s a pleasure to be here again.  You are right; this is my second trip to China in just a short period of time.  It is a reflection of the tremendous importance that President Obama attaches to the relationship between our countries.  I ...
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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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Statement by Secretary Kerry – China’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the People’s Republic of China as you celebrate the 66th anniversary of your nation’s founding on October 1. The people of the United States and the people of China enjoy a warm friendship, strengthened by work together to ...
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China Must Stick to the Path of Economic Reform

By Jacob J. Lew Two years ago, China’s leaders charted a course to move to a more market-oriented, consumer-driven economy—a course that is not only in the best interest of China but also the rest of the world. President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States this week presents a crucial opportunity to reaffirm that ...
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Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel Travels to Burma, China, and Mongolia

From September 3-5, Assistant Secretary Russel will travel to Naypyidaw and Rangoon, Burma to meet with senior Burmese government officials, Aung San Suu Kyi, and civil society.  While there, he will discuss preparations for the general elections that will be held on November 8, express U.S. support for the ongoing peace process, and encourage further ...
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China Ordains New Catholic Bishop Amid Tensions

A diocese in central China has ordained the country’s first Roman Catholic bishop in three years, amid continued repression of Chinese Christians. Bishop Joseph Zhang Yinlin was ordained Tuesday in Henan province before about 1,400 faithful, as hundreds of police officers enforced a tight security cordon nearby, according to Catholic websites based abroad. The ceremony ...
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Remarks Delivered at the “Lockdown in Tibet” Event

Sarah Sewall Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights   Geneva, Switzerland Introduction  Thank you Ambassador Harper for that kind introduction. We wish you and your colleagues a productive 29th session of the Human Rights Council. And thank you to the Helsinki Foundation for arranging this event. I am very pleased to be here. At ...
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Statement on the Conditional Release of Chinese Women’s Rights Activists

Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations New York, NY The United States notes China’s decision to conditionally release Wu Rongrong, Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan and Li Tingting, also known as the “Beijing+20 Five.” We remain concerned that the women are still being considered criminal suspects, and may be subjected to further detention, ...
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Security Message: China-Burma Border Incidents

3/21/2015 The U.S. Embassy in Beijing is aware of recent increased tensions related to the ongoing armed conflict in Burma between the Burmese government and various ethnic minority groups near the China-Burma border.  As a result of the conflict, the Chinese government has restricted travel to the border region.  U.S. citizens traveling near the China-Burma ...
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Security Message: China-Burma Border Incidents

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing is aware of recent increased tensions related to the ongoing armed conflict in Burma between the Burmese government and various ethnic minority groups near the China-Burma border.  As a result of the conflict, the Chinese government has restricted travel to the border region.  U.S. citizens traveling near the China-Burma border ...
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Caution: Common Financial Scam Reported Throughout China

Mission China consular sections have received reports of a financial scam that has already victimized a number of U.S. Citizens in China. While specific details differ slightly, typically callers purporting to be police officers/utility/bank representatives tell the call recipients that their accounts have been compromised by identity theft and money laundering, and insist that the ...
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Statement by Ambassador Baucus on the August 3 Earthquake

My wife Melodee and I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the people of China who lost their loved ones, whose homes and businesses were destroyed, or who were affected in other ways by the August 3 earthquake. We are praying for you in these trying times, and the United States stands ready to ...
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Statement by NSC Deputy Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Earthquake in Southwestern China

WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 3, 2014 Statement by NSC Deputy Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Earthquake in Southwestern China The United States offers sincere condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the August 3 earthquake in southwestern China.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Message on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Today of all days, we remember the courage and commitment of hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters who took to the streets to demand fundamental, universal rights.  I’ll never forget turning on the television in my office and seeing a column of tanks halted by a single man armed only with his conscience.  In those uncertain ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Twenty-five years ago, the United States deplored the use of violence to silence the voices of the peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square.  Twenty-five years later, the United States continues to honor the memories of those who gave their lives in and around Tiananmen Square and throughout China, and we call on Chinese authorities ...
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