RECOGNIZING 87TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIBERATION OF KOREAN PENINSULA -- HON. SCOTT GARRETT (Extensions of Remarks - March 02, 2006)
HON. SCOTT GARRETT OF NEW JERSEY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, March 2, 2006
* Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 87th anniversary of the March 1st Movement for the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese oppression. This was the day that Korea regained its independence and since then it has continued to become a major economic and cultural force on the world stage.
* There is a flourishing and growing relationship between the United States and Korea. Korea is a major economic partner and our 7th largest trading partner. Whether in education, science, business, or the arts, Korea has played and continues to play a vital role in shaping communities throughout New Jersey and the entire United States.
* Several years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of traveling to Korea. While there I was able to meet with Korean government leaders, high-level U.S. military officials, and top Korean business executives. In addition, I shared a meal and conversed with troops from New Jersey's 5th Congressional District.
* I was honored to take part in this informative diplomatic trip. The opportunity contributed to my understanding of what issues affect the economic, political, and military policies of Korea, and in turn, their impact on United States interests.
* During the visit, I met with opposition party leader Chairman Choe, Korean cabinet members and members of the Korean Chamber of Commerce. We discussed enhancing the visibility of the important United States-Korea relationship and addressed the tensions in the region surrounding the North Korean nuclear issue. In addition, I was taken by the U.S. Army, led by General Leon Porte, Chief in Command of the United States Forces in Korea, to the Joint Security Area on the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
* Now more than ever there is a need to increase mutual understanding between the United States and Korea. The 2 countries have become increasingly important regional and global partners, as Korea has become a stronger advocate for democracy and a free-market economy. It is critical that the working relationship between the 2 countries flourish for years to come.