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TO COMMEND AND SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATIZATION EFFORTS OF TAIWAN AND THE NATION'S MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION, THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND TO EXTEND MOST SINCERE BEST WISHES FOR CONTINUED COOPERATION AND SUCCESS.
Whereas, Taiwan and the United States are longstanding allies both of whom deeply cherish the common values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law; and
Whereas, in the year 2012, Taiwan held its fifth direct presidential election, demonstrating again the strength and vitality of its democratic system and paving the way for Taiwan as a beacon of democracy in Asia and beyond; and
Whereas, Taiwan serves the best interests of the Asia-Pacific region in its continuation of stability and growth. On August 5, 2012, President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the East China Sea Peace Initiative, which calls upon the parties concerned to resolve the disputes peacefully and engage in joint development of resources. Taiwan and mainland China also signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in 2010. United States businesses can collaborate with innovative Taiwanese companies consistent with Taiwan's comprehensive protection of intellectual property rights and then use Taiwan as a springboard for entering mainland China and other key Asian markets; and
Whereas, since 1981, the State of South Carolina and Taiwan have enjoyed cordial and mutually beneficial sister-state relations, a friendship that continues to strengthen with each passing year; and
Whereas, Taiwan is the United States' eleventh-largest trading partner, and the United States is Taiwan's third-largest trading partner; and
Whereas, the designation of Taiwan into the United States' Visa Waiver Program is a significant step to draw travelers from Taiwan choosing the United States as their destination for trade, investment, and sightseeing; and
Whereas, by working together with Taiwan, South Carolina welcomes all opportunities for an even closer economic partnership, such as the signing of a US-Taiwan Bilateral Investment Agreement and a Free Trade Agreement, and the inclusion of Taiwan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership in order to enhance the special sister-state bond between South Carolina and Taiwan and to encourage further cultural, educational, and business exchanges between the citizens of both nations; and
Whereas, Taiwan is an active member in the international community with a long history of commitment to international health and humanitarian aid, as well as environmental protection. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the members of the South Carolina Senate, by this resolution, commend and support the democratization efforts of Taiwan and the nation's meaningful participation in the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and other international organizations, and extend their most sincere best wishes for continued cooperation and success.
Be it further resolved that the Clerk of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to Mr. Steven Huei-Yuan Tai, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta.
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