Cotton Completes Final Leg of His East Asia Tour in South Korea
Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today completed the final leg of his East Asia tour in South Korea. After stops in Tokyo, Okinawa, and Taipei, Senator Cotton spent his time in South Korea discussing critical national security and diplomatic issues with senior Korean government officials and U.S. military commanders. Senator Cotton also visited with Sergeant Ha Jae-heon, one of the two Korean soldiers gravely injured while on patrol by land mines planted by North Korean forces earlier this month. Senator Cotton visited the Demilitarized Zone-the 150 mile long border that separates North and South Korea--U.S. Air Force units and Arkansan troops at Osan Air Base, U.S. Army troops at Camp Humphreys, and CP TANGO, the bunkered headquarters of U.S.-Korea Combined Forces Command. He observed U.S. and Korean forces rehearse the defense of Korea during Exercise Ulchi Focus Guardian.
"This trip reinforced for me the value of our close partnerships in East Asia with Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Asia is a region of expanding opportunity, but also a region of rising threats and challenges. The United States must strengthen our presence in Asia and bolster our alliances to discourage coercive behavior from Beijing, deter aggression from North Korea, and ensure the continued progress of freedom and prosperity in the Pacific."