Taiwan Caucus Co-Chairs Release Statement on the 105th National Day of Taiwan
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Rep. Albio Sires
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly
Rep. Gregg Harper
“October 10, 2016 will mark the 105th National Day of Taiwan. As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we would like to congratulate the people of Taiwan on this occasion and wish them a Happy Double Ten Day.
There is much to celebrate this year with regards to Taiwan democracy and U.S.-Taiwan relations. This year, the world witnessed Taiwan’s third peaceful transition of power, and Taiwan’s first female president took office. U.S. trade in goods with Taiwan reached $66 billion last year making Taiwan our 9th largest trading partner, and the United States completed a $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan in accordance with the commitments made in the Taiwan Relations Act.
The United States Congress once again enacted legislation directing the Administration to develop a strategy to help Taiwan secure greater participation in international organizations. This is something Congress has done previously, specifically with respect to Taiwan’s inclusion in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It is of vital importance that the United States continues to push for Taiwan’s inclusion in ICAO. Airports in Taiwan handle large cargo and passenger volumes, and for the sake of passenger safety and international security, Taiwan must be allowed to participate in ICAO.
We would like to use the occasion of Taiwan’s National Day to reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and our continued commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act and Six-Assurances. It is an honor and privilege to support this vital relationship, and we look forward to joining the people of Taiwan in celebrating their 105th National Day.”