Governor Palin will reportedly make a speech in South Korea in October. This will mark the third trip to Asia in just over two years for the Governor. She delivered two weighty policy speeches in her previous trips–one at a business convention in Hong Kong in September of 2009 and in India this past spring as well focusing on foreign, energy and economic policies. This upcoming speech seems to be another policy heavy speech as well. The AFP reports:
US conservative politician Sarah Palin will visit South Korea for the first time to speak at a Seoul forum in October, the organisers said Thursday.
Maeil Business Newspaper said the former vice presidential candidate would make a keynote opening speech at the forum organised by the paper from October 11 to 13.
Palin will speak about the US economic crisis, policies to tackle fiscal woes and her country’s role in the world at a time when its superpower status is diminishing, the paper said in a news report.
“She also plans to meet with South Korea’s next presidential contenders and major politicians during the forum,” it said without elaborating.
Former British prime minister Gordon Brown and Larry Summers, ex-director of US President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council, will also speak at the event, it said.
As Governor, Palin noted Alaska’s friendship and trade relationship with South Korea, declaring June 20, 2009 Korea-Alaska Friendship Day and re-establishing a Korean consulate office in Alaska:
WHEREAS, the state of Alaska honors the commitment of the Republic of Korea to the citizens of Alaska to continue strong international relations with the re-establishment of the Korea Consular Office in Anchorage; and
WHEREAS, the Republic of Korea has been an important trading partner with the state of Alaska for almost four decades, accounting for $366 million of the state’s exports in 2008; and
WHEREAS, Korean air carriers, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, provide vital air cargo links between Alaska and Korea, and also between Asia and North America; and
WHEREAS, Alaska celebrates the contributions of over 7,000 Korean citizens and Korean-American citizens who add to the state’s rich and diverse culture; and
WHEREAS, the state of Alaska wishes to thank the Republic of Korea for the excellent public service provided to Alaska by Consul Hee-chul Kim, Consul General Ha-ryong Lee, and Alaska Honorary Consul William Bittner;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2009 as:
Korea-Alaska Friendship Day
in Alaska, and encourage Alaska and Korea citizens to celebrate the strong ties of friendship, culture, trade, and education between the state of Alaska and the Republic of Korea.
Please note that this speech has not yet been officially confirmed by Governor Palin or her staff.