WASHINGTON, D.C-Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo recently returned from Seoul, South Korea, where she participated in the 48th session of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Exchange Program and the 14th session of the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Exchange Program. She met with several members of the National Diet of Japan and the South Korean National Assembly to discuss recent elections in the United States, Japan and South Korea, as well as the U.S. military rebalance in the Asia-Pacific region. She was joined by Congressman Mike Honda of California, Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas.
The U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program is sponsored by The George Washington University's Sigur Center for Asian Studies. It brings together Members of the U.S. Congress and Japanese Diet members on a semi-annual basis for in-depth discussions on a broad range of political, economic, and security issues affecting U.S.-Japan bilateral relations. It was later expanded to include South Korea.
“I always appreciate the opportunity to meet with members of the Japanese Diet and the South Korean National Assembly to discuss our countries' trilateral relations,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “We talked about our countries' domestic policies, security, economic and trade issues, as well as the realignment of U.S. Marines in our region. The Pacific realignments are critical to improving national security and diplomatic relations in the region. We have made progress in keeping the Guam build-up on track, and I am working to ensure that the supplemental environmental impact statement will move forward in a timely fashion in 2013.”