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TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) FOR ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROMOTE WORLD PEACE, FREEDOM, AND HUMAN RIGHTS, AND FOR SUPPORTING ITS EFFORTS TOWARDS THE PEACE AND STABILITY OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC REGION.
Whereas, the Republic of China and the United States of America are friends and allies of long standing, both of which dearly cherish and commonly share values and ideals of freedom, democracy, and human rights; and
Whereas, the Republic of China has distinguished itself in the areas of education, economy, and democratization, being the world's nineteenth largest economy, the United States' eighth largest trading partner, as well as the fifth largest market for the United States' agricultural products; and
Whereas, the State of South Carolina and Taiwan have enjoyed long and mutually beneficial sister-state relations since 1981 with the prospect of further enhancing the association; and
Whereas, the twenty-three million inhabitants of Taiwan are hard-working and caring people who have been compassionately assisting needy people of many countries in humanitarian relief, medical assistance, and technical cooperation in a wide variety of aspects; and
Whereas, people on Taiwan are peace-loving and entitled to the basic right of living free from fear; and
Whereas, the Taiwan Straits is an indispensable water passage serving as an economic lifeline between the East Asian and the Southeast Asian countries in particular, and its peace and stability is vital to that of the Asia Pacific region; and
Whereas, the threat of the use of force against the Republic of China in any form, including the deployment of missiles aimed at Taiwan along the coastline of the strait, is apparently menacing to the peace and stability of our region and should not be tolerated. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, recognize and commend the Republic of China (Taiwan) for its contributions to promote world peace, freedom, and human rights, and for supporting its efforts towards the peace and stability of the Asian Pacific region.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Maggie Tien, Director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta.
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