Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. March 6, 2018 REMARKS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia Thank you.  Thank you so much, Dr. Cabrera, for the warm welcome.  And it is a pleasure to be here at George Mason, and I’m ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS 60 Minutes

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2018 MS BRENNAN: Rex Tillerson admits he was an unconventional choice for Secretary of State. He had no prior government experience. But as CEO of ExxonMobil, he had crisscrossed the globe striking deals with foreign leaders. Secretary Tillerson, a man who still considers himself a Boy ...
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Statement of Susan Thornton Nominee to be Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Statement of Susan Thornton Nominee to be Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Senate Committee on Foreign Relations February 15, 2018 Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, members of the committee, it is my great honor to appear here today as the President’s nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia ...
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Heather Nauert on Secretary Tillerson’s meeting with State Councilor Yang

“Secretary Tillerson hosted Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the State Department for a bilateral meeting on February 8, 2018.  They agreed on the importance of continuing a constructive and productive relationship aimed at cooperation on mutual challenges and addressing our differences forthrightly. During the meeting, both sides reaffirmed President Trump and President Xi’s commitment ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

REMARKS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas   Strong institutions and governments that are accountable to their people also secure their sovereignty against potential predatory actors that are now showing up in our hemisphere. China – as it does in emerging markets ...
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REMARKS: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On The Way Forward for the United States Regarding Syria January 17, 2018 Hoover Institute at Stanford University Stanford, California SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much. Well, good morning.  And I really, really appreciate this opportunity to swing down to Stanford while I was out on ...
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Strengthening U.S. Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific for a More Secure and Prosperous Future

By  Susan Thornton  on January 8, 2018 In the first year of the Trump Administration, the United States worked tirelessly with our East Asian and Pacific allies and partners to strengthen cooperation and foster new relationships to address security threats and increase U.S. economic opportunities. As we move forward in 2018, I wanted to take a moment ...
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Statement by Spokesperson Heather Nauert

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson January 9, 2018 Talks between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics The United States welcomes the January 9 meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure, and successful Winter Olympics ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s Interview with CNN

Interview With Elise Labott of CNN Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC January 5, 2018 QUESTION: Let’s start with North Korea. There was big news last night about the North and South arranging talks for next week, North Korea now coming to the table. Is that an opening maybe for talks with the U.S. ...
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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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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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Efforts To Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 I visited Naypyitaw, Burma on November 15, where I met separately with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to Burma’s successful democratic transition ...
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Press Briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary November 9, 2017 PRESS BRIEFING BY SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON World China Hotel Beijing, China 3:21 P.M. CST It is a pleasure to be back in Beijing.  As you know, this is the third stop of the President’s lengthy trip.  So we’re kind of at the ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea in Joint Press Conference | Seoul, Republic of Korea

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea 5:20 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) I extend my heartfelt welcome to the visit by Your Excellency, President Donald Trump, and Madam First Lady to the Republic of Korea. His visit marks the first state visit by the U.S. President to Korea in 25 years. And President Trump ...
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U.S. rushes help to Rohingya refugees

By Christopher Connell Oct 30, 2017 The United States is sending tens of millions of dollars in lifesaving assistance to ease the plight of the Rohingya who have fled their homes in Burma. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has voiced extreme concern about the reported atrocities against the Muslim minority and called for an immediate ...
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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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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Beijing September 28 – October 1 to meet with senior Chinese leaders. Secretary Tillerson will discuss a range of issues, including the President’s planned travel to the region, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and trade and investment. Secretary Tillerson’s visit to China reaffirms the Administration’s ...
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North Korea’s Missile Launch

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 14, 2017 North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation. United Nations Security Council ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 21, 2017 Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia Fort Myer Arlington, Virginia 9:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please be seated. Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, ...
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Mattis and Tillerson: “We’re Holding Pyongyang to Account”

“In response, the Trump administration, with the support of the international community, is applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dismantling of the regime’s ballistic-missile programs. We are replacing the failed policy of ‘strategic patience,’ which expedited the North Korean ...
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Excerpts from Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks, August 1, 2017

One of the first threats we were confronted with upon entering office is North Korea, and it was the first policy area that we felt an urgency to deal with. And I think, as many of you have watched over the last several months, that threat has materialized in the ways that we expected it ...
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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Branstad on the passing of Liu Xiaobo, July 13, 2017

I join Secretary Tillerson in mourning the death of Liu Xiaobo, a courageous advocate who dedicated his life to the pursuit of democracy and liberty. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Liu Xia, his family and friends, and the Chinese people. A poet and scholar, Mr. Liu received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON July 13, 2017 On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo Today, I join those in China and around the world in mourning the tragic passing of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving a lengthy prison sentence in China for promoting peaceful democratic reform.  Mr. Liu ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo

For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON July 13, 2017 On the Passing of Liu Xiaobo Today, I join those in China and around the world in mourning the tragic passing of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving a lengthy prison sentence in China for promoting peaceful democratic reform.  Mr. Liu ...
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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Branstad on the passing of Liu Xiaobo, July 13, 2017

I join Secretary Tillerson in mourning the death of Liu Xiaobo, a courageous advocate who dedicated his life to the pursuit of democracy and liberty.  My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Liu Xia, his family and friends, and the Chinese people.  A poet and scholar, Mr. Liu received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ...
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US-China Hold Inaugural Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) in Washington D.C.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis hosted Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, Chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s Joint Staff Department for the inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) on June 21, 2017 together with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials. This new, high-level framework ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis At a Joint Press Availability

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis At a Joint Press Availability June 21, 2017 Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, D.C. SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Hello.  Good afternoon, all.  I do want to thank Secretary Mattis, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and PLA Chief of Joint Staff Fang Fenghui for a day of very productive ...
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U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue to Be Held June 21, 2017

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE June 15, 2017 U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue to Be Held June 21, 2017 The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense today announced that the inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) will be held in Washington, D.C. ...
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Shanghai CAO Relays Tillerson’s Support of LGBTI at Pride Week Film Festival

Cultural Affairs Officer Joshua Lustig relayed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s message of support for the LGBTI community to an audience of 70 activists and the general public at the opening of the American portion of ShanghaiPRIDE’s pride week film festival.  Public Affairs was a co-sponsor for the event, which helped ShanghaiPRIDE obtain copyrights to ...
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28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON June 4, 2017 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Chinese government’s violent suppression of a peaceful protest that took place in and around Tiananmen Square. We call again on China to make a full accounting of those ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks to U.S. Department of State Employees

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks to U.S. Department of State Employees May 3, 2017 Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, D.C.  SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good morning.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you. Are we on?  Can you all hear me back there in the back?  Can you hear me now?  (Laughter.)  Can you hear me now? AUDIENCE:  Yes. SECRETARY ...
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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Session on D.P.R.K.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council. According to UN Security Council Resolution 2321, a stated objective of this council is North ...
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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.  Upon assuming office, President Trump ordered a thorough ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Remarks at West Palm Beach Airport before the arrival of the President Xi

“The Trump administration remains dedicated to working with China toward mutual goals of respect, security, and prosperity. As we do so, we will not shy away from frank discussions which are necessary to narrow our differences. I hope President Xi, First Lady Madam Peng, and the entire Chinese delegation enjoy their visit to the United ...
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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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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Travel to China, March 18-19, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Beijing, March 18-19, his first official visit to China. He met with President Xi, State Councilor Yang and Foreign Minister Wang to pursue a constructive and results-based relationship with China. From Department of State:  https://www.state.gov/secretary/travel/2017/t3/index.htm 03/19/17  Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) ; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC 03/19/17  Remarks With President Xi Jinping Before Their Meeting ;  Secretary of State Rex W. ...
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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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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Yang Jiechi

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release READOUT February 28, 2017 Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Yang Jiechi The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met today with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi ...
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Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Call with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 21, 2017 The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Today, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by phone with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Secretary Tillerson and State Councilor Yang affirmed the importance of a constructive bilateral relationship. The two sides agreed on ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Tillerson ...
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