Puerto Rico resident commissioner meets with S. Korean president
SAN JUAN – Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González met Monday with the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, as part of a bipartisan congressional visit aimed at strengthening economic ties, as well as promoting security alliances between the United States and the Asian country.
The resident commissioner’s visit took place as the neighboring country, North Korea, launched for the first time a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear warhead over Japan. It splashed in the northern Pacific Ocean.
According to a press release, during the first day of the visit, González met with the South Korean president alongside other members of the congressional delegation, led by Rep. Ed Boyce (R-CA), the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The commissioner spoke with the Korean president about the participation of Puerto Ricans in the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, in the Korean War, precisely 67 years after Puerto Ricans departed for Korea.
The second meeting was with the prime minister of foreign affairs, Kang Kyung-wha, who is the first woman to occupy the position and who served in the United Nations as general deputy secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, and deputy coordinator for Emergency Aid
The members of Congress are scheduled to meet with other government officials and private sector representatives to discuss issues regarding national security, trade and economic development, as well as with commercial associations and businesses to boost trade between both nations.
The Republic of South Korea’s largest exports to the United States are in the automotive and electronic equipment industry; while the largest exports from the United States to South Korea are agricultural and consumer products and aircraft sales.
The congressional delegation visited the Comfort Women Memorial, a remembrance to victims of sexual violence and trafficking during World War II.
The other members of the congressional delegation participating in the trip are Ted Yoho (R-FL), chair of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee; Ami Bera (D-CA), vice ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and Brad Schneider (D-IL).