R 043
2018 -- H 7331
Enacted 01/30/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Kennedy, Shekarchi, Morgan, McNamara, and Abney
Date Introduced: January 30, 2018

     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, The United States and Taiwan, and especially Rhode Island, share a
historically close relationship, marked by strong bilateral trade, educational and cultural
exchange, 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 2017, with bilateral trade in goods and
services from January to November, 2017, between the United States and Taiwan, amounting to
approximately $62.4 billion, and said trade has created or supported at least 322,728 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 $101 million in goods, mostly in primary metal manufacturing, fabricated
metal products, chemicals, and machinery, making Taiwan Rhode Island's 2nd largest export
market in Asia (2016), and 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 has established reciprocal drivers' license agreements with 25 states
across the United States, including Massachusetts (2016), thereby facilitating and streamlining
the license conversion process and providing citizens of Taiwan and the various states with the
ease and convenience of being able to drive within Taiwan and the respective jurisdictions; and
     WHEREAS, Taiwan is the 18th 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 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
     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, Republic of China (Taiwan); and Scott Lai, Director-General
of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston.