Bordallo Discusses China Visa Waiver, Marine Realignment with DoD Deputy Secretary Work

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Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has issued the following statement about her meeting with Under Secretary of Defense Robert Work.

Work will be visiting the Asia-Pacific region next week. His trip will include a stop on Guam. 

[ Deputy Secretary of Defense BoB Work welcomes The Honorable Madeleine Bordallo, U.S. Representative for Guam to the Pentagon Washington, DC on August 13, 2014. DoD photo by Casper Manlangit.]

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Bordallo Discusses China Visa Waiver, Marine Realignment with DoD Deputy Secretary Work
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 14, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today met with Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work to discuss issues important to Guam, the Asia-Pacific region and overall military readiness matters. The Congresswoman underscored the importance of further diversifying Guam’s visitor industry and the significant economic opportunities of visa-free travel for Chinese visitors for Guam’s economy. She also thanked Deputy Secretary Work for his leadership in obtaining the Department of Defense’s support for Guam’s efforts to diversify its tourism industry to include Chinese visitors.  Congresswoman Bordallo reiterated her belief that appropriate mitigations could be found that would balance the security concerns raised within other federal departments while ensuring that Guam has a robust tourism industry.

Congresswoman Bordallo also had a constructive discussion about progress on the relocation of Marines from Okinawa to Guam.  She appreciated the Department’s efforts to submit a master plan to Congress as stipulated in the last several defense authorization bills.  Deputy Secretary Work reiterated the Department’s commitment to a “One Guam” approach and ensuring a “net-negative” DoD footprint on Guam, which he previously outlined.  Deputy Secretary Work expressed confidence that the Department has made significant progress on this important realignment matter.

“Deputy Secretary Work has been a leader in the DoD for issues important to Guam and the Asia-Pacific region,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “I appreciated the opportunity to meet with him today to discuss the progress of the Marine realignment as well as moving to a decision on visa-free travel for Chinese visitors. It is critical for Guam to continue to build a strong and diverse tourism industry, and providing visa-free travel for Chinese tourists will significantly enhance our tourism industry. I look forward to working with Deputy Secretary Work, as well as federal officials at Homeland Security and the Justice Department, to reach a decision on this matter.  I also appreciated Deputy Secretary Work’s commitment to continue to move forward with the military relocation and addressing issues with the Senate on this program; I believe that real progress is being made.”