President Donald J. Trump outlined his vision for a “free and open Indo-Pacific region” to business leaders from Asia-Pacific economies meeting in Danang, Vietnam.
In his address on November 10, the President called for “a place where sovereign and independent nations, with diverse cultures and many different dreams, can all prosper side-by-side and thrive in freedom and in peace.”
In his remarks to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit, President Trump hailed the economic transformation that has occurred across the Indo-Pacific region, which stretches from the Indian subcontinent to the West Coast of North America. This region, the world’s most economically vibrant, promotes private property and the rule of law, he said, and embraces systems that value hard work and individual enterprise.
The President said he is willing to work with all the APEC member economies to achieve “mutually beneficial commerce.”
“I will make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation that wants to be our partner and that will abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade,” he said.
On the security front, the President called on allies to work together to defeat terrorism and stop North Korea’s illegal nuclear weapons program. “Every single step the North Korean regime takes toward more weapons is a step it takes into greater and greater danger,” the President said.
“The future of this region and its beautiful people must not be held hostage to a dictator’s twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail.”
The President emphasized America’s pride in belonging to the gathered community of economic leaders. “We have been friends, partners, and allies in the Indo-Pacific for a long, long time, and we will be friends, partners, and allies for a long time to come,” the President said.