Senate Resolution 106 - Introduced SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 106 BY NUNN , EDLER , DOTZLER , KAPUCIAN , and KINNEY A Resolution honoring and recognizing the special 1 relationship between Taiwan and the State of Iowa. 2 WHEREAS, the State of Iowa is proud of the 3 sister-state relationship it has enjoyed with Taiwan 4 since 1989, which is marked by strong bilateral trade, 5 educational and cultural exchanges, and tourism; and 6 WHEREAS, the State of Iowa reaffirms its commitment 7 to strengthening and deepening the sister ties between 8 the State of Iowa and Taiwan, supports Taiwan’s signing 9 of a bilateral trade agreement with the United States, 10 and continues its support for increasing Taiwan’s 11 international profile; and 12 WHEREAS, the United States ranks as Taiwan’s second 13 largest importer, and Taiwan is the United States’ 14 fifteenth largest export destination, making Taiwan 15 the United States’ eleventh largest trading partner, 16 with total bilateral trade reaching $76 billion as of 17 2018; and 18 WHEREAS, Taiwan and the State of Iowa have enjoyed 19 a long and mutually beneficial relationship and 20 anticipate continuing growth, with Taiwan ranking as 21 Iowa’s fourth largest export destination in Asia as of 22 2018, with $386.1 million worth of Iowa goods shipped 23 to Taiwan, including meat, soybeans, and animal feeds; 24 agricultural chemicals; and miscellaneous manufactured 25 commodities, including precision instruments and 26 avionics; and Iowa importing $247.6 million in goods 27 from Taiwan in 2018; and 28 -1- LSB 6374XS (6) 88 kh/rn 1/ 2
S.R. 106 WHEREAS, negotiating for a bilateral trade 1 agreement between Taiwan and the United States is an 2 important step toward further strengthening bilateral 3 trade between the State of Iowa and Taiwan, thereby 4 increasing Iowa’s exports to Taiwan and creating 5 investment and technical collaboration through tariff 6 reduction and other trade facilitation measures; and 7 WHEREAS, Taiwan has undertaken a policy of 8 “steadfast diplomacy” regarding international 9 relations and is capable of and willing to fulfill its 10 responsibilities and to collaborate with the world to 11 deal with the challenges of humanitarian aid, disease 12 control, and other important issues; NOW THEREFORE, 13 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, That the Senate 14 memorializes the thirty-first anniversary of the 15 Iowa-Taiwan sister-state relationship and the 16 forty-first anniversary of the United States Congress’s 17 enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act; reaffirms 18 its commitment to strengthening the sister-state 19 relationship between Taiwan and the State of Iowa; and 20 endorses Taiwan’s efforts to secure a favorable trade 21 relationship with the United States; and 22 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Secretary of 23 the Senate is hereby directed to send copies of this 24 Resolution to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office 25 in Chicago, Illinois. 26 -2- LSB 6374XS (6) 88 kh/rn 2/ 2