R 109
2019 -- S 0387
Enacted 02/26/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Crowley, Nesselbush, and Picard
Date Introduced: February 13, 2019

     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 23.5 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 and the United States, 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, In 2019, The United States and Taiwan celebrate the 40th Anniversary of
the Taiwan Relations Act – TRA (Pub. L. 96-8, 22 U.S.C. 3301) enacted on April 10, 1979 "to
help maintain peace, security, and stability in the Western Pacific and to promote the foreign
policy of the United States by authorizing the continuation of commercial, cultural, and other
relations between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan, and for other
purposes"; and
     WHEREAS, Since 1979, The Taiwan Relations Act has provided a strong foundation for
sustaining substantive relations between the United States and Taiwan, including Taiwan and
Rhode Island, through continued exchanges, engagement, and cooperation rooted in the shared
interests of freedom and democracy, thereby assuring a bright future in our bilateral relationship;
     WHEREAS, The United States ranks as Taiwan's 2nd largest trading partner, and Taiwan
is the 11th largest trading partner of the U.S. in 2017, with bilateral trade in goods and services
between the United States and Taiwan amounting to approximately $62 billion in 2018 (Jan.-
October), and said trade has created or supported approximately 322,728 U.S. jobs according to
the U.S. Department of Commerce; and
     WHEREAS, New England exported more than $1 billion in goods to Taiwan of which
Rhode Island exported $38 million in goods, mostly in primary metal manufacturing, fabricated
metal products, chemicals, and machinery. Taiwan was Rhode Island's 6th largest export market
in Asia (2017); and
     WHEREAS, Taiwan and the United States seek to increase trade and investment through
bilateral agreements, and discussions of possibly opening a joint trade office in Taipei, to include
Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont that will further enhance
bilateral trade opportunities and Rhode Island exports to Taiwan; and
     WHEREAS, Taiwan has established reciprocal driver's license agreements with 31 states
across the United States, including Rhode Island which was signed on September 6, 2018. In fact,
Taiwan was the first foreign government to enter into a reciprocal driver's license agreement with
Rhode Island, thereby granting mutual driving privileges in Taiwan and Rhode Island; 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 interests 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 Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and supports Taiwan's
participation in international organizations and agreements, including the WHO, INTERPOL,
UNFCCC and ICAO, and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby seeks to further strengthen United States-Taiwan
and Taiwan-Rhode Island trade and investment relations, and encourages the Rhode Island state
government to further explore the possibility of opening a New England joint trade office in
Taipei to strengthen and promote bilateral trade between Taiwan and Rhode Island; 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 to the United States Congress, Governor Gina
Raimondo, State of Rhode Island, President Tsai Ing-wen, Republic of China (Taiwan), and
Douglas Y.T. Hsu, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston.