Intellectual property law, human rights and Vermont's EB-5 program are just a few of the issues Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Peter Welch will take up this week on a visit to the Far East.
The Vermont delegation took off Saturday for stops in China, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Helping to recruit EB-5 investors for Bill Stenger's Newport and Northeast Kingdom renaissance projects is a key part of the trip. The delegation has stops planned in Shanghai and Hanoi to attend presentations by Stenger. The federal EB-5 program allows foreign investors that pony up half-a-million dollars toward specific projects to get a green card.
In Vietnam the group is also visiting an Agent Orange remediation site receiving USAID funding. And Leahy is expected to push leaders to back an international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. Neither China, Vietnam or the U.S. have signed the treaty.