Marco Rubio completes first leg of Asia-Pacific tour

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio concluded his visit to Japan on Tuesday, the first leg of a week-long tour of three Pacific Rim nations. It is the Florida senator’s first official trip to the Asia-Pacific region since being elected to Congress.

Rubio is the highest-ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee and a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. His visit, which concludes Friday, will include the Philippines and South Korea.

During his Japan visit, Rubio met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. He then toured the U.S. Naval Base Yokosuka and the U.S.S. Shiloh, where Rubio spoke with several service members from Florida.

There was also an appearance on CNBC Asia, where Rubio discussed the “U.S. security arrangement” creating stability in the region that “allowed the free flow of commerce and information.”

On Wednesday, Rubio travels to the Philippines to review typhoon recovery efforts and visit President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and other leaders. He then goes on to South Korea Thursday to meet with U.S. troops and speak with President Park Geun-hye. While in Seoul, he will deliver a speech to Korea’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Rubio’s office is providing trip updates through his personal Twitter account @MarcoRubio, as well as photos and other information on his website.  

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