SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 66
(By Senators Wells, Kessler (Mr. President), Stollings, Unger, Prezioso, Williams, D. Hall, Jenkins and McCabe)
Recognizing the sister-state relationship of West Virginia with the Republic of China (Taiwan) on the occasion of its thirty-third anniversary.
Whereas, August 4, 2013, will mark the thirty-third anniversary of a sister-state relationship between West Virginia and Taiwan; and
Whereas, The year 2011 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China (Taiwan); and
Whereas, For the past thirty-three 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 twenty-three million, has endeavored to improve cross-Strait relations since President Ma Ying-Jeou came to power in 2008, and it is encouraging that eight rounds of talks have been held and eighteen agreements have been signed between Taiwan and mainland China since then; and
Whereas, The cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), 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 (WHO) invited Taiwan to attend the World Health Assembly since 2009, 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 like Typhoon Morakot, which struck Taiwan in the summer of 2009; and
Whereas, The Taoyuan International Airport is a key air transport hub in the Asia-Pacific region, ranked the world’s fifteenth largest by cargo volume in 2012, and 411,416 Americans traveled to Taiwan for business and leisure during 2012, consolidating aviation safety and regulation in Taiwan also a priority for Americans’ safety and best interests; given Taiwan’s prominent role in regional air control and transport services like meaningful participating in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), 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 recognizes the sister-state relationship of West Virginia with the Republic of China (Taiwan) on the occasion of its thirty-third anniversary; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate affirms its support for West Virginia’s sister-state relationship with Taiwan; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives from the Republic of China (Taiwan).