Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is on assignment in Mongolia and China.
"As Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, I was pleased to represent the U.S. and more importantly the people of American Samoa at a conference held from August 25-28 by the government of Mongolia and the Global Peace Festival Foundation," Faleomavaega said.
"Mongolia is of growing importance to the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region, and it was my honor to speak at the opening plenary and to co-chair the Roundtable of International Parliamentarians. Joined by my colleagues from around the world, we explored opportunities and innovative approaches to peace-building in Northeast Asia, including the need for ongoing regional dialogue and expanded cooperation, especially in bringing about a resolution to the North and South Korean crisis. We also reviewed the challenges and opportunities of regional environmental and economic cooperation."
"As a result of our discussions, it is my sincere hope that the U.S. and our allies will more fully support Mongolia's efforts to secure peace in Northeast Asia, and I want to thank President Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Batbold of Mongolia as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Zandanshatar Gombojav for their leadership regarding these important initiatives."
"In China, I will be traveling with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) delegation led by Congresswoman Judy Chu who is now serving as the Chairperson of CAPAC for the 112th Congress. Congressman Mike Honda of the Appropriations Committee who is also a member of CAPAC will be joining us. As members of CAPAC, we represent the interests of some 18 million Asian Pacific Americans in the U.S. Congress, including those from American Samoa. Given the importance of their interests as well as the importance of the U.S.-China relationship, this CAPAC CODEL will be of historical significance."
"In Beijing, we will meet with many of China's top leaders to discuss trade, internet and religious freedom, the South China Sea and other matters affecting the bilateral relationship. Later, we will visit Shanghai and Hong Kong and we will also speak at the School of Transnational Law. Along the way, we will visit with the American Chamber of Commerce."
"I look forward to participating in this CAPAC CODEL and, at this time, I want to thank our military men and women who are serving in the Asia Pacific region and elsewhere for the sacrifices they have made to make sure that our liberties and values are protected for generations to come. Every time I travel abroad in my capacity as the Ranking Member of the Asia Pacific Subcommittee or even in previous capacities, I am reminded that our world is a better place because of our veterans and active duty service members and their families. On behalf of the people of American Samoa, I thank them for their service and join my prayers with yours in wishing them the very best," Faleomavaega concluded.