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S.J.R. 12 Enrolled

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JOINT RESOLUTION ON TAIWAN

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

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House Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges the President and the United States
             10      Congress to support free trade with Taiwan, Taiwan's participation in the International
             11      Civil Aviation Organization, and Taiwan's peace initiative to solve East China Sea
             12      sovereignty disputes through dialogue.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    reaffirms the friendship and encourages the sister-state relationship between Utah
             16      and Taiwan;
             17          .    urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to support a
             18      free trade agreement with Taiwan and support Taiwan's participation in multilateral
             19      free trade negotiations;
             20          .    urges the President and Congress to support:
             21              .    a free trade agreement between the United States and the Republic of China on
             22      Taiwan;
             23              .    Taiwan's participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization; and
             24              .    Taiwan's peace initiative to solve sovereignty disputes in the East China Sea
             25      through dialogue; and
             26          .    expresses continued support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in United
             27      Nations specialized organizations, conventions, and programs, such as acquiring an
             28      observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization.
             29      Special Clauses:


             30          None
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             32      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          WHEREAS, the state of Utah is proud of the sister-state relationship it has enjoyed
             34      with Taiwan since 1980;
             35          WHEREAS, Taiwan, as a full-fledged democracy, shares the same values of freedom,
             36      democracy, human rights, open market, peace, and prosperity with the United States;
             37          WHEREAS, Taiwan is currently the 18th largest exporter as well as importer, the
             38      United States' 10th largest trading partner, and the 6th largest agricultural products market;
             39          WHEREAS, despite being a member of the World Trade Organization since 2002 and a
             40      faithful ally and an important strategic partner of the United States, Taiwan has yet to sign a
             41      free trade agreement with the United States;
             42          WHEREAS, approximately 580,000 people from Taiwan visit the United States
             43      annually, and Taiwanese airline carriers currently have more than 40 flights destined for the
             44      United States weekly, carrying more than 5,000 passengers daily for business, tourism, study,
             45      and other purposes;
             46          WHEREAS, Taiwanese airlines fly to every corner of the globe and Taiwan aims to
             47      ensure that all aspects of its aviation sector conform to the standard formulated by the
             48      International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for safety and security;
             49          WHEREAS, for the past 40 years, however, Taiwan has not been able to enter or
             50      meaningfully participate in the ICAO;
             51          WHEREAS, this hampers Taiwan's voluntary efforts to comply with the ICAO
             52      standards due to lack of timely and comprehensive information;
             53          WHEREAS, Taiwan has recently promoted an East China Sea Peace Initiative, a
             54      commendable effort to ease tensions that might seriously endanger peace and prosperity in the
             55      region; and
             56          WHEREAS, resolving disputes in the East China Sea in a rational and peaceful manner
             57      is in the best interests of all parties in the region and the United States:


             58          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             59      reaffirms the friendship, and encourages the sister-state relationship, between Utah and
             60      Taiwan.
             61          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges the President of the United
             62      States and the United States Congress to support a free trade agreement with Taiwan and
             63      support Taiwan's participation in multilateral free trade negotiations.
             64          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature expresses its continued support for
             65      Taiwan's meaningful participation in United Nations specialized organizations, conventions,
             66      and programs, such as acquiring an observer status in the International Civil Aviation
             67      Organization.
             68          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature welcomes Taiwan's initiative for
             69      peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region and urges all parties concerned in East China Sea
             70      disputes to refrain from any antagonistic actions and resolve their differences through open
             71      dialogue and other peaceful means.
             72          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of
             73      the United States, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United
             74      States House of Representatives, the President of the Republic of China on Taiwan, and the
             75      members of Utah's congressional delegation.


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