R 043
2017 -- H 5408
Enacted 02/07/2017

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Kennedy, Edwards, McNamara, Shekarchi, and Morgan
Date Introduced: February 07, 2017

     WHEREAS, The United States and the Republic of China (Taiwan) share a most
important relationship, marked by a mutually beneficial partnership, supported by our common
values of freedom, democracy, rule of law, and a free market economy; and
     WHEREAS, President Tsai Ing-wen has worked tirelessly to uphold democratic
principles in Taiwan, ensure the prosperity of Taiwan's 23 million people, promote Taiwan's
international standing, further improve relations between the United States and Taiwan, and
maintain peace in the Asia-Pacific region; and
     WHEREAS, Taiwan has achieved a full democracy, replete with free and transparent
elections, including direct vote of the 14th term President and Vice President in January of 2016,
and thereby providing a beacon of hope and a model for all peoples in the Asia-Pacific region
who desire to live under freedom and democracy; and
     WHEREAS, The United States and Taiwan, and especially the State of Rhode Island,
share a historically close relationship, marked by strong bilateral trade, educational and cultural
exchanges, scientific and technological interests, and tourism; and
     WHEREAS, The United States ranks as Taiwan's 2nd largest trading partner, and Taiwan
was the 10th largest trading partner of the United States in 2016, with bilateral trade in goods and
services from January to November of 2016 between the United States and Taiwan amounting to
approximately $56.7 billion, and said trade has created or supported at least 324,569 U.S. jobs
according to the United States Department of Commerce; and
     WHEREAS, New England exported more than $1 billion in goods to Taiwan, of which
Rhode Island exported $39.5 million in goods, mostly in primary metal, chemicals, and
machinery, making Taiwan Rhode Island's 2nd largest export market in Asia in 2015. Taiwan and
the United States seek to increase trade and investment through bilateral agreements, resulting in
greater Rhode Island exports to Taiwan; and
     WHEREAS, Taiwan is the 20th largest global market and its inclusion in international
organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), International Criminal Police
Organization (INTERPOL), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are in the
best interest and safety of the international community. Taiwan is a key transport hub for
international air travel and a large flight path in the Asia-Pacific remains under Taiwan's
jurisdiction. In addition, Taiwan's inclusion in the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) is necessary in the global effort to combat climate change; now,
therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby commends Taiwan's 2016 Presidential Election, Taiwan's role as
peacemaker in the East and South China Seas, and seeks to further strengthen United States-
Taiwan and Rhode Island-Taiwan trade and investment relations, and supports Taiwan's
participation in international organizations and agreements, including the WHO, INTERPOL,
UNFCCC and ICAO; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of
the United States; the Rhode Island Delegation of the United States Congress; Governor Gina
Raimondo, President Tsai Ing-wen, and Scott Lai, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and
Cultural Office in Boston.