Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) today announced that he will lead a bipartisan Congressional delegation to the Asia-Pacific from April 18-27. Members will meet with key leaders in Japan, South Korea, and China to discuss economic growth and trade, regional security challenges, and strengthening our alliances in the region.
Congressman Cantor said, "While the situation in the Middle East continues to deteriorate and Russia's aggression against Ukraine has raised new concerns about security in Europe, the United States must also remain engaged in promoting peace and stability in Asia. Our investment in Asia's future is an investment in our own prosperity. I look forward to a productive dialogue with Japanese, Korean, and Chinese leaders about the importance of free trade and free markets, as well as our shared interests in promoting stability in the region and confronting North Korean provocations."
Chairman Paul Ryan said, "I look forward to engaging with our allies and trade partners in Asia. Strong and healthy relationships are vital to opening new markets for American-made products. And given the security challenges we face in Asia, I especially look forward to meeting with the troops on the front lines in Japan and South Korea."
Chairman Pat Meehan said, "This is an opportunity to strengthen our strategic and economic ties to allies in the Asia-Pacific region and build relationships with key leaders in Asian nations. It is also a chance to engage the leadership of these nations on the issue of cybersecurity and address growing threats to our critical infrastructure and networks."
Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry said, "While much of our attention is focused on Ukraine, we cannot take our eyes off of the very significant security challenges facing the U.S. and our allies in Asia. I look forward to discussing those challenges during these visits."
Chairwoman Kay Granger said, "This trip will provide us with a hands on opportunity to strengthen the relationships that the U.S. has with our allies in Asia. I look forward to participating in a range of dialogues, from economic to national security, with some of our country's most important partners in this critical part of the world."
Representative Kristi Noem said, "The Asia-Pacific region includes essential markets for U.S. agriculture products. A strong partnership that includes efforts to address the region's security challenges are key to improving trade and market access for agriculture products from South Dakota and across the U.S. I look forward to productive discussions on further developing our trade relationships in the region and promoting peace and stability."
Representative Aaron Schock said, "Reports that Illinois continues to suffer the second highest unemployment in the nation while wages are stagnant and welfare rolls increase demand pro-growth policies that include a renewed commitment to international trade. Expanding new markets for American farmers and manufacturers must be a top priority. I look forward to working with our Asian allies, the White House and other congressional leaders to supply emerging economies with American products, generating much-needed jobs and economic growth here at home."
Representative Tulsi Gabbard said, "Our economic and strategic partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region are critical to advancing our shared interests in stability and prosperity. In Hawai'i, we deeply appreciate and understand the importance of these regional alliances. Through this delegation's bilateral meetings with leaders in Japan, China and South Korea, as well as a discussion with USPACOM in Hawai'i, we will strengthen these ties as we work together to maximize the opportunities in the region."
Representative Paul Cook said, "As a freshman member serving on both the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, this will provide me with an invaluable opportunity to meet with our allies and economic partners in east Asia. Two of the key security challenges facing the United States are containing an increasingly dangerous nuclear regime in North Korea and contentious naval disputes between China and its neighbors. I look forward to working with other members of this delegation to ensure America is able to meet these challenges."
The Congressional delegation includes: Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Cybersecurity Subcommittee Chairman Pat Meehan (R-PA), Armed Service Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX), Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD), Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL), Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and Representative Paul Cook (R-CA).