Senator Diaz's comments on the New York State Senate Resolution Commemorating the 2nd Anniversary of Dr. Ma Ying-jeou's Presidency of Taiwan

May 19, 2010

Senate Resolution No. 5167BY: Senator DIAZ        COMMEMORATING   the  2nd  Anniversary  of  Dr.  Ma        Ying-jeou's Presidency of Taiwan  WHEREAS, May 20, 2010, will mark  the  2nd  Anniversary  of  Dr.  MaYing-jeou's  inauguration as the 12th President of the Republic of China(Taiwan); and  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body passed a resolution (Senate No. 4906)in March of 2008, congratulating the people of Taiwan for the successfulconduct of their fourth direct and democratic presidential election; and  WHEREAS, Taiwan is one of the strongest  democratic  allies  of  theUnited States in the Asia-Pacific region; and  WHEREAS, President Ma has successfully enhanced mutual trust betweenthe United States and Taiwan since taking office; and  WHEREAS,  Through  cross-Strait  dialogues  and  flexible diplomacy,President  Ma  has  transformed  the  Taiwan   Strait   from   a   majorinternational flashpoint into a cornerstone for peace and prosperity forEast Asia; and  WHEREAS,  The  United States has assisted Taiwan in participating inthe World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer in May of 2009, and  willcontinue  supporting  Taiwan's  meaningful participation in other UnitedNations-affiliated organizations; and  WHEREAS, President Ma took major steps to enhance Taiwan's  rule  oflaw  and  protection  of  human  rights  by  ratifying the InternationalCovenant on Civil and Political Rights  (ICCPR)  and  the  InternationalCovenant  on  Economic,  Social  and  Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in May of2009; and  WHEREAS, President Ma is  determined  to  strengthening  cooperationwith  the  United  States in trade and investment, students and culturalexchanges, tourism, scientific research and many other areas; and  WHEREAS, President Ma has expressed his hope  that  Taiwan  and  theUnited  States  will  sign an extradition agreement, implement visa-freecourtesies for Taiwanese travelers to  the  United  States,  and  resumenegotiation  on a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in thenear future; and  WHEREAS,  The  United  States  and  Taiwan   share   a   close   andlong-standing   economic   relationship,   including  $61.6  billion  ofbilateral trade in 2008, making Taiwan the 9th largest  trading  partnerof the United States; and  WHEREAS, New York State exported approximately $1.5 billion worth ofproducts to Taiwan in 2008, making Taiwan the 8th largest foreign marketfor New York State; and  WHEREAS,  Many of the United States' top 500 companies headquarteredin New York have invested in Taiwan,  including  IBM,  Pfizer,  Corning,Citigroup, MetLife, J.P. Morgan and New York Life, to name a few; and  WHEREAS,  The  State  of  New  York is home to a  large and thrivingTaiwanese  community,  and  has  maintained  a  friendly  and   fruitfulsister-state relationship with Taiwan for many years; now, therefore, beit  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations tocommemorate  the   2nd   Anniversary   of   President   Ma   Ying-jeou'sinauguration,  and  to  express  and  record  its strong commitment to acloser economic partnership with Taiwan.