Sen. Marco Rubio returns from Asia visit

By Dawn Brooks, Online Editor, Producer
Published On: Jan 25 2014 06:24:51 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 26 2014 04:38:35 PM EST

Photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) concluded his trip to Asia Saturday, where he visited Japan, the Philippines and South Korea.

Rubio, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee and member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on his last day, among other government officials.

“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."

"A strong, constructive alliance with Asia is critical to promoting economic prosperity, liberty and freedom worldwide, so that one day democracy and free enterprise will eclipse the oppression and injustices that plague this world,” Rubio added. “This shared priority is vital to both the economic growth and security of America, and the future of humanity as a whole.”

Rubio also gave a speech on U.S. policy toward Asia and made an appearance on CNBC Asia.

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