2019 House Concurrent Resolution 1004 - Printed

State of South Dakota  


Introduced by:    Representatives Rounds, Anderson, Bartels, Barthel, Beal, Bordeaux, Borglum, Brunner, Chaffee, Chase, Cwach, Dennert, Deutsch, Duba, Duvall, Finck, Glanzer, Goodwin, Gosch, Greenfield (Lana), Gross, Hammock, Hansen, Haugaard, Healy, Howard, Hunhoff, Jensen (Kevin), Johns, Johnson (Chris), Johnson (David), Karr, Koth, Lake, Latterell, Lesmeister, Livermont, Marty, McCleerey, Mills, Miskimins, Mulally, Olson, Otten (Herman), Perry, Peterson (Kent), Peterson (Sue), Pischke, Post, Pourier, Qualm, Randolph, Rasmussen, Reed, Reimer, Ring, Saba, Schoenfish, Smith (Jamie), St John, Steele, Sullivan, Weis, Wiese, Willadsen, York, and Zikmund and Senators Cammack, Blare, Curd, Greenfield (Brock), Klumb, Maher, Nelson, Partridge, Steinhauer, and Youngberg

        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Strengthening the sister-state ties between the State of South Dakota and Taiwan; supporting the signing of a Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) between Taiwan and the United States; and reaffirming support for increasing Taiwan's international profile.
    WHEREAS, the State of South Dakota and Taiwan entered into a sister-state relationship in 1984; and
    WHEREAS, Taiwan shares the same values of freedom, democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights with South Dakota; and
    WHEREAS, South Dakota and Taiwan have enjoyed a mutually beneficial bilateral trade relationship and anticipate continuing growth, with Taiwan ranking as South Dakota's seventh

largest import country in 2017; and

    WHEREAS, negotiations for a fair and reciprocal Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) between Taiwan and the United States are an important step toward further strengthening bilateral trade, thereby increasing South Dakota's exports to Taiwan and promoting two-way investments; and
    WHEREAS, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a United State public law, which built a strong foundation for the United States-Taiwan ties, and assures the continuation of commercial, cultural, and other relations between the two sides; and
    WHEREAS, Taiwan, as a responsible stakeholder in the international community is seeking to meaningfully participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO):
    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Ninety-Fourth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that South Dakota praises Taiwan's vibrant democracy as well as celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of sister-state relations with Taiwan; and that South Dakota supports the signing of a Bilateral Trade Agreement with Taiwan and welcomes even closer bilateral trade and investment ties; and that South Dakota supports Taiwan's appropriate participation in international organizations which impact the health, safety and well-being of its people.

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