Vice President Mike Pence and US-Asia Pacific Relations

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This resource will track statements, developments, visits and other interactions in US-Asia Pacific relations given or undertaken by Vice President Mike Pence. 

To view quotations, debriefs of interactions with Asia Pacific leaders, and media sorted by topic, scroll down or use the links below. 

Travel to Asia Pacific Countries  Asia Pacific Leaders Asia Pacific Allies & Partners
China/Taiwan Human Rights & Democracy North Korea
South China Sea Southeast Asia/ASEAN  Summits - APEC, East Asia (EAS), & US-ASEAN  
Trade & Investment    

To view the positions of President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary of Defense Mattis, Secretary of Commerce Ross, and Secretary of State Tillerson on various issues in US-Asia Pacific relations, click here. 

To view quotations, interviews, and policy documents given by and interactions with Asia Pacific leaders undertaken by President Trump, Secretary of Defense Mattis, Secretary of Commerce Ross, and Secretary of State Tillerson use the links below. 

President Donald J. Trump Secretary of Defense James Mattis Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Jr.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson    

To examine Asian reactions to ongoing developments in US-Asia relations and the US 2016 Presidential election, click here.

To explore previous quotations, views on Asia Pacific issues, and other connections to Asia from President Trump, Vice President  Pence, and other candidates in the 2016 Presidential Election, click here. 

Travel to Asia Pacific Countries

  • South Korean flag. Image: http://www.flaticon.com Japanese Flag. Image: http://www.flaticon.com Indonesian flag. Image: http://www.flaticon.com Australian flag. Image: http://www.flaticon.com South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia in April 2017. 

Asia Pacific Leaders

  • On April 22, 2017, Vice President Pence met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured in the immediately following tweet on the right), Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, and Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove to express the United States' appreciation of its alliance with Australia and its continuing commitment to the bilateral relationship. 
  • On April 18, 2017, Vice President Pence met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to discuss the strength of the US-Japan alliance and formally launch the US-Japan Economic Dialogue to improve trade and cooperation
  • On April 17, 2017, Vice President Pence met with South Korea's Speaker of the National Assembly Chung Sye-kyun to underscore the US' commitment to its alliance with South Korea and to continue to work to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). 
  • On April 17, 2017, Vice President Pence met with Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn (pictured to the right in tweet immediately following) during his first trip to the Asia Pacific region. Together they emphasized the strength and importance of the US-South Korean alliance and their commitment to maintaining stability on the Korean peninsula. 
  • On February 21, 2017 Vice President Pence met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Australia. 
  • On February 10, 2017 Vice President Pence met with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso at the White House. They reaffirmed their commitments to strengthening security and economic ties between their two countries.
  • On January 26, 2017, Vice President Pence had a short phone call with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to discuss US-Australia relations. 

Asia Pacific Allies & Partners

  • “While all options are on the table, let me assure you the US will continue to work closely with Australian and our other allies in the region, and with China, to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime in Pyongyang until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program. But if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will.” [Source] Ben Doherty. The Guardian. April 22, 2017
  • On April 22, 2017, Vice President Pence met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured in the immediately following tweet on the right), Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, and Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove to express the United States' appreciation of its alliance with Australia and its continuing commitment to the bilateral relationship. 
  • “We will work with [Indonesian] President Jokowi [Joko Widodo] to reduce barriers to trade and investments and to create a truly level playing field where all our businesses have equal opportunity and market access.” [Source] Remarks during roundtable discussion with business leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia. April 21, 2017
  • “The U.S. will strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific. Japan will assume a larger role and responsibility in our alliance in the years ahead. Both of our nations will continue to expand our cooperation for our common defense.” [Source] Speech on the USS Ronald Reagan while on first Asia Pacific trip in Japan. April 19, 2017
  • “Under President Trump, the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of our security treaty is unwavering, and the treaty covers all of the territories administered by Japan, including the Senkaku Islands.”  [SourceSpeech on the USS Ronald Reagan while on first Asia Pacific trip in Japan. April 19, 2017
  • On April 18, 2017, Vice President Pence met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to discuss the strength of the US-Japan alliance and formally launch the US-Japan Economic Dialogue to improve trade and cooperation
  • "I know the President of the United States has no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people. The presence of US forces here in South Korea are a long-standing commitment to the Asia Pacific. And insuring the security of the continental US will be a priority in this administration. Look, we want to be clear: our hope and frankly our prayer is that by marshaling the resources of nations across the Asian Pacific -- not just South Korea, Japan, other allies -- and China bringing renewed pressure to bear." [SourceInterview with CNN's Dana Bash. April 17, 2017
  • On April 17, 2017, Vice President Pence met with South Korea's Speaker of the National Assembly Chung Sye-kyun to underscore the US' commitment to its alliance with South Korea and to continue to work to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). 
  • On April 17, 2017, Vice President Pence met with Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn (pictured to the right in tweet immediately following) during his first trip to the Asia Pacific region. Together they emphasized the strength and importance of the US-South Korean alliance and their commitment to maintaining stability on the Korean peninsula. 
  • On February 21, 2017 Vice President Pence met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Australia. 
  • On February 21, 2017 Vice President Pence met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Australia. 
  • On February 10, 2017 Vice President Pence met with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso at the White House. They reaffirmed their commitments to strengthening security and economic ties between their two countries.

China/Taiwan

  • “While all options are on the table, let me assure you the US will continue to work closely with Australian and our other allies in the region, and with China, to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime in Pyongyang until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program. But if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will.” [Source] Ben Doherty. The Guardian. April 22, 2017
  • "I know the President of the United States has no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people. The presence of US forces here in South Korea are a long-standing commitment to the Asia Pacific. And insuring the security of the continental US will be a priority in this administration. Look, we want to be clear: our hope and frankly our prayer is that by marshaling the resources of nations across the Asian Pacific -- not just South Korea, Japan, other allies -- and China bringing renewed pressure to bear." [SourceInterview with CNN's Dana Bash. April 17, 2017
  • I know the President was heartened by his discussions with President Xi (Jinping). We've seen China begin to take some actions to bring pressure on North Korea but there needs to be more." [SourceInterview with CNN's Dana Bash. April 17, 2017

Human Rights & Democracy

  •  "President Trump has made it clear that we'll honor the agreement — that doesn't mean we admire the agreement.[ When asked if the Trump administration will uphold the refugee resettlement agreement that was agreed to under President Obama with Australia where refugees being held in Australian detention camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea will come to the US.]"[Source] Rebecca Morin. Politico. April 22, 2017
  • On April 20, 2017, Vice President Pence particiapted in an interfaith dialogue with faith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism in Jakarta, Indonesia to reaffirm the United States' commitment to protecting religious freedom. 

North Korea

  • “While all options are on the table, let me assure you the US will continue to work closely with Australian and our other allies in the region, and with China, to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime in Pyongyang until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program. But if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will.” [Source] Ben Doherty. The Guardian. April 22, 2017

  • “If they [North Korea] fail to do that [abandon nuclear weapons and missile programs], we've made it clear. All options are on the table.” [Source] Coverage of speech on the USS Ronald Reagan in Japan. April 20, 2017
  • “Not at this time [when asked if the Trump administration will pursue talks with the North Korean government]. The policy that President Trump has articulated is to marshal the support of our allies in the region here in Japan and South Korea, nations around the world and China.” [Source] Coverage of speech on the USS Ronald Reagan in Japan. April 20, 2017
  • "I know the President of the United States has no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people. The presence of US forces here in South Korea are a long-standing commitment to the Asia Pacific. And insuring the security of the continental US will be a priority in this administration. Look, we want to be clear: our hope and frankly our prayer is that by marshaling the resources of nations across the Asian Pacific -- not just South Korea, Japan, other allies -- and China bringing renewed pressure to bear." [SourceInterview with CNN's Dana Bash. April 17, 2017
  •  "We're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably." [Source] Interview with CNN's Dana Bash. April 17, 2017
  • "I know the President was heartened by his discussions with President Xi (Jinping). We've seen China begin to take some actions to bring pressure on North Korea but there needs to be more." [SourceInterview with CNN's Dana Bash. April 17, 2017

South China Sea 

 

Southeast Asia/ASEAN

  •  On April 20, 2017, Vice President Pence particiapted in an interfaith dialogue with faith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism in Jakarta, Indonesia to reaffirm the United States' commitment to protecting religious freedom. 
  • “We will work with [Indonesian] President Jokowi [Joko Widodo] to reduce barriers to trade and investments and to create a truly level playing field where all our businesses have equal opportunity and market access.” [Source] Remarks during roundtable discussion with business leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia. April 21, 2017

 

Summits - APEC, East Asia (EAS), & US-ASEAN

 

Trade & Investment

  • On April 18, 2017, Vice President Pence met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to discuss the strength of the US-Japan alliance and formally launch the US-Japan Economic Dialogue to improve trade and cooperation
  • On February 10, 2017 Vice President Pence met with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso at the White House. They reaffirmed their commitments to strengthening security and economic ties between their two countries.

 

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Methodology: Policy materials and quotations from Vice President Mike Pence are limited to after November 9, 2016 when he was formally elected as the 48th Vice President of the United States. Should any quotations before the period be deemed relevant they will be indicated by an asterisk (*) after the date. In all cases, these additional quotations were made within the year prior to the start of the Trump Administration. Flag icons that indicate which countries members of the Trump administration have traveled to are provided by Freepik, accessed through www.flaticon.com.

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