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Pennsylvania passes resolutions to enhance friendship with Taiwan

2019/05/16 13:15:56

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai (second left)

New York, May 15 (CNA) The upper and lower houses of the bicameral Pennsylvania General Assembly have adopted two resolutions to enhance friendship between the U.S. state and Taiwan.

The Pennsylvania State Senate and House of Representatives unanimously passed two identical resolutions May 8 and May 14, respectively, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and improve relations between Pennsylvania and Taiwan.

According to the two resolutions, headed by State Senator Gene Yaw and State Representative Marcy Toepel, Taiwan is Pennsylvania's 7th- largest export market in Asia, while the state is home to a growing number of Taiwanese companies.

Pennsylvania and Taiwan signed an agreement regarding driver's license reciprocity in 2015, the resolutions read.

That same year, Life Sciences Pennsylvania, the trade association for the state's life sciences community, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan Bio Industry Organization, which promotes the island's biotechnology, the resolutions said.

The MOU fosters "new business opportunities, partnerships and research collaboration" between the two sides, they said.

The U.S. and the Republic of China (Taiwan) uphold the same values of freedom and democracy and are bonded by their shared commitment to human rights, the rule of law and a free market economy, the resolutions added.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York on Wednesday expressed gratitude to the Pennsylvania General Assembly for the unanimous passage of the two bills.

The TRA, which provides the legal basis for unofficial relations between the U.S. and Taiwan, was signed into law April 10, 1979 by then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter, several months after the U.S. switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

(By Ozzy Yin and Chi Jo-yao)
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