Senate Resolution 7 - Introduced

An Act 1in support of strengthening and deepening
2the relationship between Taiwan and the State of
4WHEREAS, the State of Iowa is proud of the
5sister-state relationship it has enjoyed with Taiwan
6since 1989, which is marked by strong bilateral trade,
7educational and cultural exchanges, and tourism;and
8WHEREAS, Taiwan shares with the United States
9and the State of Iowa the common values of freedom,
10democracy, and human rights, and a commitment to the
11rule of law;and
12WHEREAS, the United States ranks as Taiwan’s
13third-largest importer, and Taiwan is the United
14States’ 15th largest export destination, making Taiwan
15the United States’ 11th largest trading partner, with
16total bilateral trade reaching $68.8 billion as of
17November 2018;and
18WHEREAS, the United States Congress passed the
19Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) in 1979 to sustain a close
20bilateral relationship between the United States and
21Taiwan, as well as to advance mutual security and
22commercial interests, and the TRA has served as the
23cornerstone of U.S.-Taiwan relations and has helped to
24preserve peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait;and
25WHEREAS, Taiwan and the State of Iowa have enjoyed
26a long and mutually beneficial relationship and
27anticipate continuing growth, with Taiwan ranking
28as Iowa’s 6th largest export destination in Asia as
-1-1of November 2018, with $193.9 million worth of Iowa
2goods shipped to Taiwan, including meat, soybeans, and
3animal feeds; agricultural chemicals; and miscellaneous
4manufactured commodities, including precision
5instruments and avionics;and
6WHEREAS, negotiations for a bilateral trade
7agreement between Taiwan and the United States are an
8important step toward further strengthening bilateral
9trade between the State of Iowa and Taiwan, thereby
10increasing Iowa’s exports to Taiwan and creating
11investment and technical collaboration through tariff
12reduction and other trade facilitation measures;and
13WHEREAS, Taiwan has undertaken a policy of
14“steadfast diplomacy” regarding international
15relations and is capable of and willing to fulfill its
16responsibilities and to collaborate with the world to
17deal with the challenges of humanitarian aid, disease
18control, and other important issues;NOW THEREFORE,
   19BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, That the Senate
20memorializes the 30th anniversary of the Iowa-Taiwan
21sister-state relationship and the 40th anniversary
22of the United States Congress’s enactment of the
23Taiwan Relations Act; reaffirms its commitment to
24strengthening the sister-state relationship between
25Taiwan and the State of Iowa; endorses Taiwan’s efforts
26to secure a favorable trade relationship with the
27United States; and reaffirms support for increasing
28Taiwan’s international profile;and

   29BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Secretary of
30the Senate is hereby directed to send copies of this
-2-1Resolution to the members of Iowa’s congressional
2delegation and to the Taipei Economic and Cultural
3Office in Chicago, Illinois.