WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 13, 2011) — Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak was in Washington this week on an official state visit.
President Barack Obama said this state visit reflects the fact that the Republic of Korea is one of our strongest allies. The countries have stood the test of time, starting from the ruins of war. Korea went on to build an economic miracle and become a large trading partner.
South Koreans built a strong and thriving democracy and become a steady partner in preserving security and freedom not only on the Korean peninsula, but beyond, he added.
“The landmark trade agreements and assistance for American workers that passed tonight are a major win for American workers and businesses,” said Obama. “I’ve fought to make sure that these trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama deliver the best possible deal for our country, and I’ve insisted that we do more to help American workers who have been affected by global competition.
“Tonight’s vote, with bipartisan support, will significantly boost exports that bear the proud label “Made in America,” support tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property. American automakers, farmers, ranchers and manufacturers, including many small businesses, will be able to compete and win in new markets. I look forward to signing these agreements, which will help achieve my goal of doubling American exports and keeping America competitive in the 21st century.”
President Lee said he was pleased to have had the chance to reaffirm once again the strong partnership and friendship between the two countries.
“I met with President Obama six times over the last three years,” said Lee. “Our meetings were always constructive, allowing us to reaffirm the strength of our alliance, an alliance that is firmly based upon shared values and mutual trust. This alliance guarantees peace, stability and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, the Asia Pacific region and beyond. We will continue to strengthen what is already a powerful and far-reaching alliance.”
U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton announced Thursday that the United States will participate in the Expo 2012 Yeosu, South Korea.The announcement during a State Luncheon at the U.S. Department of State in President Lee Myung-bak. Participation in this Expo demonstrates U.S. commitment to strengthening U.S. – ROK relations and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region and deepens our friendly ties with the people of the Republic of Korea.
“Our alliance has never been stronger and the enduring partnership that we have built over decades of cooperation is a symbol of security, stability, peace, and prosperity,” said Clinton. “President Lee’s vision for a global Korea is strengthening and deepening our relationship in new areas from peacekeeping to antipiracy, from stemming climate change to ending nuclear proliferation.”
The Secretary noted that the United States is pleased to be participating in the 2012 Expo Yeosu Korea, which will officially open May 12 and run through August 12, 2012. Several million visitors are expected to attend and 108 countries and international organizations are expected to participate.
Following the State Luncheon, Secretary Clinton was joined by Vice President Joseph Biden, Jr., Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United States Han Duk-soo, Assistant Secretary Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell, and USA Pavilion 2012 Chief Spokesperson Philippe Cousteau, Jr. to celebrate the announcement of U.S. participation in the Expo 2012 Yeosu, at the Department of State.
Secretary Clinton thanked the corporate sponsors of USA Pavilion 2012, which is a public-private partnership, for their generous donations. Corporate sponsors include: Chevron; Citi; Boeing; Corning Incorporated; Hyundai Motor Company; Kia Motors America; Lockheed Martin; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; GE; and Becton Dickinson.
The U.S. Department of State is partnering with Cousteau, noted explorer, environmentalist, and social entrepreneur, to manage USA Pavilion 2012 which will showcase the United States’ deep connection to and dependence on the oceans, and the diversity, spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and commitment to sustainable development of the American people.
The management team of USA Pavilion 2012 combines a range of experiences from the nonprofit and commercial arenas with a world famous legacy of exploration and environmental stewardship.
For more information about the USA Pavilion 2012, visit www.Pavilion2012.com.
On October 10, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Minister of Knowledge Economy Joong-Kyung Choi of the Republic of Korea signed a new agreement establishing the U.S.-Korea Clean Energy Technology Partnership that will strengthen our bilateral cooperation in clean energy technology research and development (R&D).
“The agreement will enable the United States and the Republic of Korea to expand our already strong bilateral cooperation on clean energy,” Secretary Chu said. “By working together toward our shared clean energy goals, we can promote the kind of innovation that will help win the clean energy race and create jobs in both of our nations.”
The United States and the Republic of Korea cooperate closely in many multilateral initiatives, including the Major Economies Forum, Clean Energy Ministerial, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, the International Energy Agency, and through the Korea-led Global Green Growth Institute. We also look forward to working together to advance green economy goals through clean energy at Rio+20, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
The agreement states that the two countries will cooperate on clean energy research in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grid technology, green transportation, carbon capture and storage, and energy storage systems.
Researchers from both countries will be able to exchange scientific and technical information, organize workshops, and consult to promote joint R&D projects, among other forms of collaboration.
Minister Choi is joining Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak on a state visit hosted by President Barack Obama. The visit will highlight the strong alliance, global partnership, and deep economic ties between the United States and the Republic of Korea.