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U.S. congressional delegation to visit Japan, China, S. Korea


A group of nine U.S. legislators will visit Japan, China and South Korea from April 18 to 27 for discussions about regional issues such as territorial disputes, the delegation chief said Thursday.

The trip is part of efforts by U.S. lawmakers to promote the U.S. focus on Asia as President Barack Obama will be visiting Japan and South Korea, as well as Malaysia and the Philippines, from next week.

Eric Cantor, majority leader of the House of Representatives, will head the lower house delegation which has seven other Republicans and a Democrat.

"While the situation in the Middle East continues to deteriorate and Russia's aggression against Ukraine has raised new concerns about security in Europe, the United States must also remain engaged in promoting peace and stability in Asia," Cantor said in a statement.

Cantor said the delegates will meet key leaders in the three countries to discuss "economic growth and trade, regional security challenges, and strengthening our alliances in the region."

The delegates are also expected to discuss issues related to negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact and meet with officers of the U.S. Pacific Command, according to Cantor.