Florida Senate - 2017                            (NP)    SR 1798
       By Senator Campbell
       38-02655-17                                           20171798__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution expressing appreciation for the sister
    3         state relationship and bilateral economic and cultural
    4         ties between the State of Florida and Taiwan.
    6         WHEREAS, the people of Taiwan, officially known as the
    7  Republic of China, successfully elected their first female
    8  president, Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, on January 16, 2016, by popular
    9  vote, further enhancing the roots of democracy within the island
   10  and strengthening the common values it shares with the United
   11  States, and
   12         WHEREAS, April 10, 2017, marks the 38th anniversary of the
   13  enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act, which codified in law the
   14  basis for continued commercial and cultural relations between
   15  the United States and Taiwan, and
   16         WHEREAS, former President Ma Ying-jeou’s East China Sea
   17  Peace Initiative and South China Sea Peace Initiative, and their
   18  respective codes of conduct, recognize the conflicting
   19  territorial viewpoints of the interested parties and call on all
   20  concerned parties to resolve their regional disputes peacefully
   21  and share resources in accordance with international law, and
   22         WHEREAS, these initiatives are consistent with the security
   23  and economic interests of the United States in East and
   24  Southeast Asia, and
   25         WHEREAS, Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international
   26  organizations, including its bid for observer status in the
   27  International Criminal Police Organization, known as INTERPOL,
   28  is significant, as is its participation in or cooperation with
   29  more than 50 international organizations, including its recent
   30  active participation in the triennial International Civil
   31  Aviation Organization Assembly and its membership status in both
   32  the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the World Trade
   33  Organization, and
   34         WHEREAS, the State of Florida maintains and values its
   35  sister state relationship with Taiwan, which is Florida’s sixth
   36  largest export market in Asia, one of Miami’s largest trading
   37  partners in Asia, and PortMiami’s sixth largest export country,
   38  and
   39         WHEREAS, in addition to the sister state relationship that
   40  exists between the State of Florida and Taiwan, sister city
   41  relationships are maintained between Miami-Dade County and New
   42  Taipei City, formerly Taipei County, and between PortMiami and
   43  Port Kaohsiung, NOW, THEREFORE,
   45  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   47         That the Florida Senate expresses its appreciation for the
   48  sister state relationship between the State of Florida and
   49  Taiwan.
   50         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with
   51  the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to the Taipei
   52  Economic and Cultural Office in Miami and the Executive Office
   53  of the Governor as a tangible token of the sentiments of the
   54  Florida Senate.