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Cotton Embarks on Weeklong Visit to East Asia

August 10, 2015
Washington, D.C.- On Saturday Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) embarked on a weeklong trip to East Asia where he will visit three of the U.S.'s key strategic partners in the region: Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. During his trip, Senator Cotton will meet with senior government officials in each nation, visit U.S. service members, and observe U.S. military operations.

Today, Senator Cotton is in Japan where he will meet with senior Japanese officials and U.S. military commanders and personnel to discuss security cooperation and trade relations. Earlier, Senator Cotton met with U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and embassy staff. While in Japan, Senator Cotton will also visit U.S. Forces stationed on Okinawa-including troops from Arkansas.

"The United States is a Pacific nation, and I look forward to discussing issues of mutual concern with our partners in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea," said Senator Cotton. "Strong security cooperation with our allies and the deepening of trade relations on fair terms in the Asia-Pacific region is vital to preserving U.S. interests and ideals."