House Natural Source Committee’s Hearing on Strategic Importance of the Pacific Islands

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The House Natural Source Committee holds an oversight field hearing on Peace Through Strength: The Strategic Importance of the Pacific Islands to U.S.-led Global Security at 10 a.m. ET on Aug. 24.

The hearing will examine the importance of the U.S. Territories and the ability of the Freely Associated States to the United States to counter the malign influence of communist China and maintain U.S. strategic interests based in liberal democratic values in the region.

Witnesses and Testimony 

Panel I: 

The Hon. Lourdes “Lou” Leon Guerrero, governor of Guam, Hagåtña, GU 

The Hon. Arnold I. Palacios, governor of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan, MP 

The Hon. Kaleb Udui, Jr.  minister of finance, Republic of Palau, Koror, Palau 

The Hon. Ricky Cantero, acting secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs, Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei State, FM 

The Hon. Jack Ading, minister of foreign affairs and trade, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Majuro, MH

Panel II: 

Brigadier General Michael W. Cruz, adjutant general, Guam National Guard, Barrigada, GU 

Brigadier General Roderick R. Leon Guerrero, United States Army (Retired),  Mangilao, GU 

The Hon. Tina Barnes, vice speaker, Guam Legislature, Hagåtña, GU [Minority witness] ,

Ms. Irene Sgambelluri, World War II survivor, Talofofo, GU

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