President Trump and those of us in his national security team are re-establishing deterrence – real deterrence ‒ against the Islamic Republic. In strategic terms, deterrence simply means persuading the other party that the costs of a specific behavior exceed its benefits.
Diplomatically, allies and partners have joined us. They are today patrolling the Straits of Hormuz alongside of us in the Persian Gulf to stop Iranian attacks on shipping.
China’s island building, too, in the South China Sea, and its brazen attempts to coerce American allies undermined deterrence. The Trump administration has ramped up naval exercises in the South China Sea, alongside our allies and friends and partners throughout the region.
For years, too, China has restricted access for American products in its markets, while demanding access for their stuff here. I was a small business owner. I had a small office that was in Shanghai. We’ve made clear that we’re going to have a fair and reciprocal trading arrangement with China. We’ll demand it. I hope, here in the next handful of hours, we sign the first part of what will be a significant agreement which will improve the lives of American citizens, raise wages for citizens here at home, and increase the economic relationship between our two countries on a set of terms that work for both China and for the United States.
There is a second mission, too. China has stolen massive quantities of American innovation, innovation created at campuses right like this one I’m standing on – everything from genetically engineered crop seeds to self-driving car technology. They stole it. They didn’t have to invest or take risk.
We’re making progress to make sure that the next part of the deal will improve on the IP protections that are in Phase One of the Chinese trade deal.
As for Chinese influence in the Middle East, they want to have political influence there. We brook no ill towards them if they’re trying to have economic engagement. We want the Chinese economy to be successful. But I’ve been pretty clear about the risks that come when there’s not a straight-up transparent deal with the Chinese. And I think you see countries in Southeast Asia, countries in Africa today recognizing that some of the transactions that took place have proven to be debt traps and have put these countries in the political thrall of the Chinese Communist Party, something that they didn’t anticipate, they don’t want, and now they are coming to the United States to help figure out a path back.
And we’re – so we’re mindful as they do these things, kinds of things in the Middle East, a different dynamic, these are wealthy nations as opposed to some of these other countries that needed Chinese money. We try to make sure that they’re aware of those risks. They are sovereign nations that get to make their own choices. We simply tell them how America will respond if they act in a way that we believe is inconsistent with the things that matter most to us.
Michael Pompeo, US Secretary of State
Last weekend, the people of Taiwan cast their ballots for liberty, human dignity and democratic government. All freedom-loving people have been inspired by the courage of the millions of Taiwanese who proudly reaffirmed their commitment to a free, open and democratic society.
On behalf of the United States House of Representatives, I congratulate Dr. Tsai Ing-wen and the Taiwanese people on this momentous election. The United States looks forward to further strengthening our firm partnership and friendship with Taiwan, as we work together to defend human rights and dignity in the region and throughout the world.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Look, this is the Trump doctrine, whether it’s in Hong Kong at ballot box in Taiwan, in the streets of Tehran, freedom and democracy.
This is what — President Trump has stood up to the Chinese Communist Party, the dictators in Beijing. He’s stood up to the mullahs in Tehran.
And now you’re seeing it. You’re seeing the people, whether it’s at the ballot box in Hong Kong or in the protest. They just had a sweeping victory there a couple of weeks ago, a landslide victory for the — for the freedomand democracy party in Taiwan, with a record turnout.
And this is with the Chinese Communist Party trying to put their thumb on the scale to try to do it, in Tehran, the exact same thing. Remember, in Hong Kong, and in Taipei, you’re seeing the American flag. They’re waving in these American — these independence movements, these freedom movements.
They have gotten President Trump — posters of President Trump as Superman or some sort of superhero. This is the Trump policy. It’s ironic that, this week, we’re going to have the signing of the Chinese trade deal.
Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist
China has made enforceable commitments to refrain from competitive devaluation while promoting transparency and accountability.
In this context, Treasury has determined that China should no longer be designated as a currency manipulator at this time.
The US has convinced China to back off Iranian oil purchases.
A component of that, a big component of that is China. I sat down with the Chinese officials. They flew in a delegation to meet with us in the State Department to talk about this. They have cut off all of the state companies from buying oil. And we’re working closely with them to make sure that they cease all additional oil activities.
And China is subject to sanctions, like everybody else. We actually sanctioned some of their shipping companies that were involved in the oil. And we will continue to pursue sanctions activities against China and anybody else around the world that continues to do business with them.
Steven Mnuchin, US Treasury Secretary
China has been very clear about what its long-term goals are strategical. We need to take that very seriously.
One Chinese goal is total control of their own people using technology. They’re making astonishing progress to control every single citizen, whatever he or she does.
They’re giving grades for citizenship, which will affect their jobs you’re going to hold, the travel you can do and everything else. Where they’re moving is scary. They obviously want to export that to other countries.
I’m not sure that we really understand the degree to which China is strategically intent on replacing the United States as the most dominant culture in the world.
James Jones, former security advisor to Obama
Edited by staff