Florida Senate - 2018                             (NP)    SR 398
       By Senator Bracy
       11-00650-18                                            2018398__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the relationship between and
    3         shared interests of the people of Taiwan and the
    4         United States and supporting these interests, as well
    5         as future opportunities for international trade
    6         between the two nations.
    8         WHEREAS, the people of Taiwan, officially known as the
    9  Republic of China, elected their first female president, Dr.
   10  Tsai Ing-wen, on January 16, 2016, by popular vote, and in June
   11  2016 Florida welcomed her as she visited the state, further
   12  enhancing the bilateral relationship between the United States
   13  and Taiwan and strengthening the common value of democracy it
   14  shares with the United States, and
   15         WHEREAS, Taiwan is one of the allies of the United States
   16  in East Asia, and the United States continues to provide
   17  defensive weaponry, including sales of naval vessels, equipment,
   18  and munitions to Taiwan, as well as delivery of 60 Sikorsky
   19  UH60M Black Hawk helicopters, and
   20         WHEREAS, most of the post-sale training on these Black Hawk
   21  helicopters was conducted in Florida, which created jobs in this
   22  state and helped Taiwan maintain its defense capabilities, and
   23         WHEREAS, these transactions are consistent with the
   24  security and economic interests of the United States in East and
   25  Southeast Asia, and
   26         WHEREAS, Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international
   27  organizations, including its bid for observer status in the
   28  International Criminal Police Organization, known as INTERPOL,
   29  is significant, as is its participation in the International
   30  Civil Aviation Organization, the World Health Organization, the
   31  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the World Trade
   32  Organization, and
   33         WHEREAS, as the world’s 18th largest trading economy and
   34  the 11th freest economy, Taiwan is devoted to bringing its
   35  regulations into alignment with United Nations conventions,
   36  including the organization’s Sustainable Development Goals, and
   37  has become a model of democratization for developing countries,
   38  and
   39         WHEREAS, while the people of Taiwan have consistently
   40  supported meaningful participation and involvement in the United
   41  Nations in the pursuit of world peace, they have been treated
   42  unjustly for political reasons, and
   43         WHEREAS, given Taiwan’s support for the humanitarian
   44  principles and goals of the United Nations, the voices of the
   45  people of Taiwan deserve to be heard by the organization and the
   46  international community, in keeping with Taiwan’s affirmation of
   47  faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of
   48  each person, and in the equal rights of men and women in all
   49  nations, and
   50         WHEREAS, Taiwan has been a member of the United States’
   51  Visa Waiver Program since November 1, 2012, reflecting the
   52  cooperation between the United States and Taiwan and making two
   53  way travel for business and tourism more convenient, and
   54         WHEREAS, with respect to Taiwan’s contributions in the
   55  global marketplace in both traditional and innovative
   56  industries, support for continued bilateral dialogue under the
   57  Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, including efforts to
   58  explore the possibility for a future bilateral investment
   59  agreement and a free trade agreement with the United States,
   60  will globalize Taiwan’s economy and eliminate barriers to trade,
   61  thus solidifying Taiwan’s status as a robust and trustworthy
   62  partner of the United States for trade and security in East
   63  Asia, and
   64         WHEREAS, the State of Florida maintains and values its
   65  sister state relationship with Taiwan, which in 2016 was
   66  Florida’s seventh largest export market in Asia, and
   67         WHEREAS, in addition to the sister state relationship that
   68  exists between the State of Florida and Taiwan, sister city
   69  relationships are maintained between Miami-Dade County and New
   70  Taipei City, formerly Taipei County; Orlando and Tainan City;
   71  Fort Lauderdale, the City of Miami, and Pensacola, respectively,
   72  and Kaohsiung City; and between PortMiami and Port Kaohsiung,
   73  and
   74         WHEREAS, April 10, 2018, marks the 39th anniversary of the
   75  enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act, which codified in law the
   76  basis for continued commercial and cultural relations between
   77  the United States and Taiwan, NOW, THEREFORE,
   79  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   81         That the Florida Senate recognizes the relationship between
   82  and shared interests of the people of Taiwan and the United
   83  States and supports these interests, as well as future
   84  opportunities for international trade between the two nations.
   85         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with
   86  the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to the Taipei
   87  Economic and Cultural Office in Miami and the Executive Office
   88  of the Governor as a tangible token of the sentiments of the
   89  Florida Senate.