R 153
2020 -- S 2719
Enacted 03/03/2020

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Crowley, Picard, Nesselbush, and Lombardo
Date Introduced: February 27, 2020

     WHEREAS, The United States and the Republic of China (Taiwan) share a most
important bilateral relationship marked by a mutually beneficial partnership, supported by our
common values of freedom, democracy, rule of law, and a free market economy. Our two
countries now enjoy the strongest relations they have ever had; and
     WHEREAS, President Tsai Ing-wen, re-elected on January 11, 2020, for a second- term
in a direct, open, and democratic election, has worked tirelessly to uphold constitutional
principles and a civil society in Taiwan, ensure the prosperity of Taiwan’s 23.5 million people,
promote international standing, and expressed commitment to peace and understanding in the
Indo-Pacific region; and
     WHEREAS, United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo congratulated President
Tsai Ing-wen on winning re-election and further stated that Taiwan and the United states are
“members of the same community of democracies” and that Taiwan is a “model for the Indo-
Pacific region and a force for good in the world” in a press statement on January 11, 2020; and
     WHEREAS, The United States Departments of Commerce, Agriculture and State
clarified United States policy regarding Taiwan in a formal letter sent to the Governors of all fifty
states dated September 30, 2019, which stated that “expanding relations with Taiwan in areas
such as trade, education, investment, and tourism is fully compatible with and supports United
States policy and can be beneficial to your state and municipality”; and
     WHEREAS, The Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and State further stated that
“Our Departments encourage cooperation with Taiwan” and also noted that “Taiwan is a vital
United States partner and democratic success story”; and
     WHEREAS, President Tsai has expressed Taiwan’s desire to reach a Bilateral Trade
Agreement (BTA) with the United States, and the United States Senate passed the “Taiwan Allies
International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act (TAIPEI) of 2019” (S.1678) on October
28, 2019, affirming that the “United States should engage in bilateral trade negotiations with
Taiwan,” and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Rhode Island and Taiwan
regarding economic and trade exchange and cooperation that will promote bilateral trade; and
     WHEREAS, The SARS pandemic in 2003 and now, since multiple cases of the novel
coronavirus-nCoV have been diagnosed in the United States since January, 2020, make it
imperative that Taiwan be included in the crucial network of the World Health Organization
(WHO), and the World Health Assembly (WHA) in the global effort to contain, prevent, and
combat the spread of such viruses; and
     WHEREAS, The United States ranks as Taiwan’s 2nd largest trade partner, and Taiwan
is the 10th largest trading partner of the United States, with bilateral trade in goods and services
between the United States and Taiwan amounting to approximately $85.5 billion in 2019, and
said trade has created or supported approximately 373,288 United States jobs according to the
United States Department of Commerce; and
     WHEREAS, New England exported more than $1 billion in goods to Taiwan in which
Rhode Island exported $31.1 million in goods, mostly in primary metal manufacturing,
chemicals, computer and electronic products, making Taiwan Rhode Island’s 17th largest export
market in the world and the 6th largest export market in Asia (2018). Taiwan and the United
States seek to increase trade and investment through bilateral trade agreements, resulting in even
greater Rhode Island exports to Taiwan, educational and culture exchange, scientific and
technological interests, and tourism; 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) is 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 the Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby seeks to further strengthen United States-Taiwan and Taiwan-Rhode Island trade and
investment relations, including a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on trade, and
encourages the Rhode Island State Government to further explore ways in which to strengthen
and promote bilateral trade between Taiwan and Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby supports Taiwan’s participation in international
organizations and agreements, including the WHO, WHA, 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 Congressional delegation, President Tsai Ing-wen, Republic
of China (Taiwan), and Douglas Y.T. Hsu, Director-General of the Tapei Economic Cultural
Office of Boston.