Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo recently spoke at the 60th Anniversary celebration of the alliance between the U.S. and Korea held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
The Congresswoman expressed her congratulations and said she was confident the alliance will continue to build on the friendship between America and South Korea..
She points out in a release that Guam has seen a steady increase in visitor arrivals from South Korea and notes that over this past year the island has welcomed the highest ever number of Korean visitors.
She is quoted in her release as saying that “the provocations that came out of North Korea earlier this year underscored ” the importance of the relationship and “the necessity of ensuring that we maintain our ability to protect our ally against aggression.”
Congresswoman Bordallo also credits Guam’s Korean community for their contributions to Guam’s economy.
[Congresswoman Bordallo joins Ahn Hong Joon, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, National Assembly and Ahn Ho-Young, Korean Ambassador and his wife at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. for the 60th anniversary celebration of the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea].
READ Congresswoman Bordallo’s release below:
Bordallo Delivers Remarks at 60th Anniversary of the U.S. – Korea Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 25, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced the she recently delivered remarks at the 60th Anniversary celebration of the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
South Korea is the United States’ seventh largest trading partner and the economies of these two nations benefit from these ties. This economic relationship has become even more important with the implementation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which is the United States’ second largest Free Trade Agreement. This relationship is an important milestone to allowing greater and more secure access of American businesses to the Korean market, and Korean goods to the American market. This has also helped to stimulate the U.S. economy, create jobs, and increase the United States’ economic competitiveness in East Asia.
“Guam’s proximity to Asia has given me a special understanding of the importance of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Korea and the need to ensure that we maintain strong economic and security ties. South Korea plays an important role in maintaining regional security and the provocations that came out of North Korea earlier this year underscored the necessity of ensuring that we maintain our ability to protect our ally against aggression,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “South Korea continues to be an important market for attracting visitors to our island and expanding our island’s tourism industry. Over the past few years, we have seen a consistent increase in Korean visitors to Guam, and this past year we welcomed the most Korean tourists ever to our island. Additionally, our local Korean community contributes to our island and economy. I congratulate our nations on the 60th anniversary of this alliance and I am confident that we will continue to build on the friendship between America and South Korea.”