House Resolution 41 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 41 BY ANDERSON , DRAKE , ARNOLD , MASCHER , S. OLSON , PETERSEN , and BERRY A Resolution reaffirming Iowa’s sister-state 1 relationship with the Republic of China (Taiwan), 2 and encouraging the United States government to 3 include Taiwan in the United States Visa Waiver 4 Program. 5 WHEREAS, the Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrates 6 its centennial this year and its National Day on 7 October 10, 2011, joining friends and compatriots 8 around the world in commemorating 100 years since 9 its birth on October 10, 1911, as Asia’s first 10 Republic; and 11 WHEREAS, in the last quarter-century, the Republic 12 of China, which exists today on Taiwan, has achieved 13 economic and social stability, has been lauded as a 14 beacon of democracy for Asia, has dramatically improved 15 its record on human rights, and has taken great 16 steps forward to enter the world arena as a trusted 17 partner, provider of humanitarian aid, promoter of 18 cultural ties, and creator of new technologies and 19 businesses; and 20 WHEREAS, Governor Terry E. Branstad has played an 21 important role in cementing the long-standing cordial 22 relationship between Iowa and Taiwan, and in 1989 23 signed the agreement with Governor Chuang-huan Chiu 24 of the Taiwan provincial government that formally 25 established sister-state relations; and 26 WHEREAS, the relationship between Iowa and Taiwan 27 -1- LSB 2762HH (6) 84 jr/nh 1/ 3
H.R. 41 has flourished and been beneficial ever since, 1 particularly with respect to agricultural trade, 2 educational and cultural exchanges, and the hosting of 3 reciprocal trade, legislative, and other delegations 4 to promote economic and cultural ties, including the 5 possible opening of an Iowa state trade office in 6 Taipei; and 7 WHEREAS, Taiwan is an invaluable friend and 8 partner as Taiwan in 2009 ranked as the United States’ 9 tenth-largest trading partner and fifth-largest market 10 for United States agricultural goods and the world’s 11 fourteenth-largest market for Iowa goods, worth $94.1 12 million in 2009, an increase of 9.4 percent above 13 Iowa’s exports to Taiwan in 2008; and 14 WHEREAS, the Taiwan government has met a central 15 requirement for inclusion in the United States Visa 16 Waiver Program by achieving a low visa-rejection 17 rate of less than 3 percent among Taiwan nationals 18 applying for visas to the United States and has 19 gained visa-waiver status with 113 other countries 20 including the European Union, the United Kingdom and 21 Canada, representing 96 percent of the most frequently 22 visited countries by citizens of Taiwan, which is an 23 increase of 50 countries of those granting Taiwan 24 visa-waiver status in just two and one-half years, thus 25 symbolizing the growing respect commanded by Taiwan 26 internationally; NOW THEREFORE, 27 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 28 the House of Representatives reaffirms its support of 29 the sister-state relations between Iowa and Taiwan; and 30 -2- LSB 2762HH (6) 84 jr/nh 2/ 3
H.R. 41 urges the United States government to include Taiwan in 1 the United States Visa Waiver Program; and 2 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the 3 House shall send a copy of this Resolution to Governor 4 Terry E. Branstad, United States Secretary of State 5 Hillary Rodham Clinton, Junq-Tzer Lin, Governor of the 6 Taiwan Provincial Government, and the Taipei Economic 7 and Cultural Office in Chicago, Illinois. 8 -3- LSB 2762HH (6) 84 jr/nh 3/ 3