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Congressman Gonzalez Returns from High-Level Meetings in China and Visit with U.S. Troops in South Korea

September 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently returned from a bipartisan congressional delegation to Asia, headed by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05). The group traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea where they participated in meetings with high-level civilian, military, and private sector leaders to discuss intellectual property protections and market access for American businesses and the importance of denuclearizing North Korea.  

In China, Congressman Gonzalez met with Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Lie He. The delegation explored ways to strengthen bilateral U.S.-China relations and overcome non-tariff barriers that hamper American foreign investment and economic growth.

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) with the U.S. Congressional delegation and Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Lie He.

“Only by engaging with China can we can secure fairer market access and intellectual property protections for businesses in the 15th District of Texas,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “I look forward to continuing this dialogue and working with our two governments to expand economic opportunity for Central and South Texans.”

In South Korea, Congressman Gonzalez met with members of the U.S. Army, stationed at Camp Humphreys, located within the seaport city of Pyeongtaek. The delegation discussed the path forward for the complete, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea and the decommissioning of short-range and long-range ballistic missiles. 


Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) with the U.S. congressional delegation and members of the U.S. Armed Forces at Camp Humphrey’s in South Korea.

“Diplomacy and defense capabilities are key to addressing the challenges posed by North Korea,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “The U.S. and South Korea must continue working together to deescalate the situation in the Korean Peninsula. Together, both nations can explore options to decommission short-range and long-range missiles in North Korea. I would like to commend the incredible U.S. and South Korean troops along the DMZ for providing a global net of security.”