Marco Rubio concludes weeklong Asia-Pacific tour

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio concluded his weeklong visit to the Asia-Pacific region, which included stops in Japan, the Philippines and South Korea.

The Miami Senator 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.

“My experiences touring Japan, the Philippines and South Korea have left a lasting impression, and I’d like to thank the people and governments of these countries for graciously hosting me,” Rubio said. “The opportunity to visit our embassies and service men and women was a reminder of their selfless commitment that nurtures and protects America’s relationships with allies around the world.”

On Rubio’s last day in South Korea, the first official visit since his election to Congress, he met with President Park Geun-hye and other governmental officials, to consider economic and safety concerns in the region.

Rubio also visited LG Display, the world’s largest LCD panel maker.

“A strong, constructive alliance with Asia is critical to promoting economic prosperity, liberty and freedom worldwide so thatone day, democracy and free enterprise will eclipse the oppression and injustices that plague this world,” Rubio added.

During his tour, the Senator met with South Korean human-rights activists, faced North Korean troops briefly during an outing to the Korean de-militarized zone, and observed ongoing recovery efforts of the city of Tacloban in the Philippines to recover from the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan.

Rubio also gave a 45-minute speech Friday at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, focusing on issues of freedom, liberty and regional security in the Korean Peninsula.

Throughout his journey, Rubio posted regular updates of the activities on his personal Twitter account @MarcoRubio, as well as photos and information on his website. 

Photo with President Park Geun-hye courtesy of the South Korean Blue House. Other photos courtesy of Sen. Marco Rubio’s office.    

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