SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 46
(By Senators Browning, Foster, Chafin, Unger, Plymale, Stollings, Jenkins and Kessler (Mr. President))
Affirming the sister-state relationship the State of West Virginia has with the Taiwan Province of the Republic of China.
Whereas, August 4, 2012, will mark the 32nd anniversary of a sister-state relationship between West Virginia and Taiwan; and
Whereas, For the past 32 years, the sister-state relationship with Taiwan has been strengthened through the efforts of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office resulting in better mutual understanding; and
Whereas, The Republic of China (Taiwan), with a population of 23 million, has endeavored to improve cross-Strait relations since President Ma Ying-Jeou came to power in 2008, and it is encouraging that seven rounds of talks have been held and 16 agreements have been signed between Taiwan and mainland China; and
Whereas, The cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, signed on June 29, 2010, can serve as an effective platform for cross-Strait interactions and contribute to normalization of trade and economic relations between Taiwan and mainland China; and
Whereas, The UN’s World Health Organization invited Taiwan to attend the World Health Assembly in the past 3 years as an observer, setting precedents for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN’s specialized agencies; and
Whereas, Taiwan’s absence from the international organizations dealing with climate change like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has impeded Taiwan’s ability to respond to natural disasters; and
Whereas, Aviation safety is a global issue that requires all members of the global community to take part in the ICAO in order to best serve the interests of every passenger; and
Whereas, The Taoyuan International Airport is a key transport hub in the Asia-Pacific region, ranked the world’s 15th largest by cargo volume in 2008, and 365,000 Americans traveled to Taiwan for business and leisure during 2009; and
Whereas, Given Taiwan’s prominent role in regional air control and transport services, it would be beneficial for Taiwan to safeguard the traveling of passengers from home and abroad; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby affirms the sister-state relationship the State of West Virginia has with the Taiwan Province of the Republic of China; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate officials of the Taiwan Province of the Republic of China.