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Full Text of SR0060  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, In 1992, the State of Illinois established the
3sister-state relationship with Taiwan Province, the Republic
4of China (Taiwan), and Illinois and Taiwan have enjoyed strong
5bilateral trade, educational and cultural exchanges, and
6tourism; and
7    WHEREAS, Taiwan shares the same values of freedom,
8democracy, human rights, the rule of law, peace, and
9prosperity with the United States and the State of Illinois;
11    WHEREAS, The United States ranks as Taiwan's
12second-largest trading partner; Taiwan is the tenth-largest
13trading partner of the United States, and bilateral trade
14reached US$ 85.5 billion in 2019; and
15    WHEREAS, Taiwan and the State of Illinois have enjoyed a
16long and mutually beneficial relationship with the prospect of
17future growth; Taiwan was Illinois's seventh-largest export
18market in Asia in 2019, with US$ 667 million worth of Illinois
19goods exported to Taiwan; and
20    WHEREAS, Negotiations for a Bilateral Trade Agreement
21(BTA) between Taiwan and the United States are an important



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1step toward further strengthening bilateral trade between our
2countries, thereby increasing exports from Illinois to Taiwan
3and creating bilateral investment and technical collaboration
4through tariff reduction and other trade facilitation
5measures; and
6    WHEREAS, Taiwan has undertaken a policy of "steadfast
7diplomacy" in its international relations; it is capable of,
8and willing to, fulfill its responsibilities and to
9collaborate with the world to deal with the challenges of
10humanitarian aid, disease control, and so forth; therefore, be
13ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we reaffirm our
14commitment to the strengthening and deepening of the sister
15ties between the State of Illinois and Taiwan; and be it
17    RESOLVED, That we endorse Taiwan's efforts to secure the
18signing of a Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) with the United
19States and reiterate our support for a closer economic and
20trade partnership between the State of Illinois and Taiwan;
21and be it further
22    RESOLVED, That we continue to support Taiwan's meaningful



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1participation in international organizations which impact the
2health, safety, and well-being of the people of Taiwan and
3support Taiwan's aspiration to make more contributions in
4international societies.