Ryan Reports on Trip to India , Vietnam with Speaker's Congressional Delegation
JANESVILLE - Wisconsin 's First District Congressman Paul Ryan last week served as a member of a small bipartisan congressional delegation to India and Vietnam led by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The purpose of the trip was to meet with government leaders and learn firsthand about key bilateral issues between the United States and these countries, ranging from matters of national security to economic and energy-related issues.
During the delegation's visits to New Delhi and Jaipur, India, and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, they received numerous briefings and met with individuals including the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh; India's Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi; Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje; the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Phan Van Khai; the Chairman of Vietnam's National Assembly; and the U.S. command in charge of POW/MIA matters in Vietnam. The trip was especially timely, because of the recent U.S.-India agreement on civil nuclear cooperation and because Vietnam is in the late stages of talks with the U.S. on its accession agreement to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Throughout the trip, the delegation worked to:
gain a better understanding of India's commitment to a joint U.S.-India civilian nuclear cooperation agreement,
gain insight into the economic challenges and opportunities an emerging India poses for the U.S.,
press for fair trade from India and Vietnam for U.S.-made goods and services, and review both Vietnam's request for support in joining the WTO and the country's cooperation in resolving POW/MIA cases.
Ryan, who returned this week with the delegation, today made the following statement about the trip:
"Since Congress will soon vote on the India-U.S. civil nuclear cooperation agreement and Vietnam 's entry to the WTO, it was invaluable to see firsthand how those agreements affect our national and economic security. I am also pleased with the progress that has been made with Vietnam in resolving POW and MIA cases. And I think every member of Congress should go to India to see for themselves the kind of global challenges and opportunities that face us as India emerges. It was a real eye-opener."