US Rep. Kennedy Joining delegation heading to Asia

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BOSTON (AP) — Congressman Joe Kennedy is heading to Asia as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation.

The Massachusetts Democrat and seven other members of Congress led by California Republican Rep. Ed Royce will spend a week traveling across Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Hong Kong.

The trip begins Saturday and wraps up Feb. 24.

Kennedy, who sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affair, said the trip underscores the relationship between the United States and the region, and the shared alliances on global security and economic development.

The delegation will be meeting with top officials including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They also will spend a day in the city of Tacloban in the Philippines observing the damage caused by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan.

Kennedy recently announced he’s seeking re-election to a second term.

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