The New Jersey Governor has become the first sitting US President to travel to China and Taiwan in a bid to shore up support for his domestic economic agenda.
In a joint press conference with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan on Tuesday, Pinto also expressed optimism about the future of his domestic agenda, as well as China’s.
Pinto, a Democrat, will take office on Jan. 20.
He will be the first of the sitting US Presidents to travel abroad as part of his second term, following President Barack Obama.
His trip follows two trips to Taiwan by President Xi Jinping, who has pledged to increase ties with Beijing and has also made the region a top priority.
The trip was part of a push by the Tsai administration to boost the country’s ties with its mainland neighbors and bolster its economy as China expands its influence.
“I’m here to tell you, America is a country that has the potential to thrive and thrive in a globalized world, and I’m here in New York, and the world is a place where we’re looking to advance and expand our relationship,” Pinto said at the joint press briefing with Tsai.
“The next 10 years are going to be a critical period in our relationship with China and we will continue to have a relationship of mutual trust, respect and confidence.”
The move to Taiwan came as Pinto sought to reassure investors that his administration will not impose a trade war or attempt to unilaterally impose trade tariffs on China.
In his remarks, Pintos administration was also highlighting his commitment to expanding U.S.-China ties, including on climate change.
“We will continue working to advance the most effective and progressive global climate agreement possible,” Pinto said.
Pintos office also announced a plan to establish a new climate fund for the United States, a first step toward implementing a climate change law that he signed in June.
“Our commitment to creating jobs and a strong economy will never be broken by any foreign country,” Pins said.
“We will never let anyone or anything stand in our way.”