By Jennifer Harper-The Washington Times Monday, January 20, 2014
Sen. Marco Rubio has gone to Asia. No, really. He has. The Florida Republican left Saturday for a weeklong tour of Japan, the Philippines and South Korea — his agenda filled with power meetings and photo ops withCaroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; assorted military officials and diplomats plus U.S. troops. Mr. Rubio has struck a very authoritative posture.
“Asia is vitally important to the future of America’s security and economic well-being,” he says. “America must make sure that our rhetoric about increasing our presence in Asia does not come at the expense of enduring alliances and challenges in other parts of the world. The United States has long been a Pacific power and it is vital that we maintain our robust military and diplomatic presence in the region while adapting to new realities.”
OK. That sounds good. Photos from Mr. Rubio’s many visits in Japan on Monday show the lawmaker obviously on a serious listening tour; he is, after all, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee. So we shall see.
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