Background on the candidate’s statements, positions, and record on diplomacy, global development, and America’s role the world

On U.S. global leadership:

  • An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Andrew Yang laid out a set of “Foreign Policy First Principles,” where he said “While America has undoubtedly made mistakes, we’ve been a positive force in world history, leading to the spread of peace, prosperity, and democracy. Presidents from JFK to Ronald Reagan maintained strong relationships with allies while sending clear and honest messages to those who would work against us.”
  • He has called for Congress to reassert their role in determining America’s foreign policy, saying, “I would push back the ability to declare war back to Congress where it belongs, and second, I would be very judicious and restrained about intervening in other countries’ affairs, where if we go in significantly, there are going to be vital national interests at stake that we can achieve in a defined timeframe.”
  • He has expressed hesitation about American intervention and nation building, noting “We have deluded ourselves going into other countries and saying we’re somehow going to steward them into rebuilding and we’re terrible at it, and we need to own what we can do and cannot do and that’s one of the things I’ll be very clear-eyed about as president.”

On diplomacy and global development:

  • Yang has called global economic development the top foreign policy success since winning World War II saying, “This success started with the Marshall Plan, providing billions in economic aid to rehabilitate European economies… We have continued to promote sustainable economic development across the globe by working closely with and empowering international development organizations like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.”
  • Yang has also called on the U.S. to increase its focus on Africa to address China’s growing influence on the continent through their Belt and Road Initiative saying, “We need to restructure our trade agreements to offer attractive investment opportunity and to expand markets.”
  • He has proposed a multilateral approach to climate change, calling on the federal government to enact policies to address climate change, while also “working with other governments to implement these policies throughout the world.” He also stated a desire to “rebuild alliances and use our industry and innovation to provide clean energy to the world, thus making new allies and rebuilding the liberal, democratic world order that has kept us safe for the past seventy years.”
  • As a component of the global competition with China, he has called for greater U.S. investments in the developing world to create access to renewable energy, noting that “It is the right thing for humanity that America invest heavily in these development projects all over the world.”
  • Yang specifically calls for increasing foreign aid to developing nations “to help cover the cost of any project that is environmentally friendly.”

On alliances:

  • Yang has called for the United States to work with allies, noting that we need to “rebuild our relationships with the rest of the world” and leverage those relationships so we can “more effectively deal with international issues.”
  • He has proposed a multilateral approach to climate change, calling on the federal government to enact policies to address climate change, while also “working with other governments to implement these policies throughout the world.”

On aid to the Northern Triangle:

  • Yang has called for a multilateral approach, saying “We need to work with our allies in the Northern Triangle in order to improve the situation on the ground. We need to help them build their economies up and diversify them.”
  • He has also said, “We need to help the government combat violence in these areas, which is cited by over 20% of migrants as being the cause for their desire to leave their homes.”

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