Pennsylvania Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act

Taiwan Caucus welcome Ambassador Lee from Taiwan to HarrisburgFrom left to right: Fuyuan Liu, Director of Political Division, TECO-NY; state Rep. David Rowe, R-Snyder/Juniata/Mifflin/Union; Amb. James K. J. Lee, Director General, TECO-NY; Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware; Gerald Lopez, Director of Business Development, Singh Center for Nanotechnology, University of Pennsylvania; state Rep. Jennifer O'Mara, D-Delaware; Ivana Tsai, Senior Officer, Political Division, TECO-NY /Submitted Image

HARRISBURG, PA — On Tuesday, State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara and fellow members of the bicameral Taiwan Caucuses marked the 45th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act. The celebration took place at the state Capitol, featuring Ambassador James K.J. Lee of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

House Resolution 439, urging the U.S. Congress to continue its support for Taiwan, was adopted during the ceremony. This resolution recognizes the enduring friendship between Pennsylvania and Taiwan, highlighting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy and significant role in the U.S. security network.

“Pennsylvania’s partnership with Taiwan has brought immense economic, cultural, and social benefits to both sides,” said Rep. O’Mara. “As we commemorate the 45-year anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and the adoption of House Resolution 439, we reaffirm our commitment to the values of democracy, mutual respect, and shared success.”

The Taiwan Relations Act, passed by Congress in 1979, has been instrumental in maintaining a robust partnership between the U.S. and Taiwan, ensuring peace, security, and prosperity. The act has facilitated decades of cooperation between the U.S. military and the ROC Armed Forces, reinforcing strong bilateral relations.

Rep. Melissa Shusterman, co-chair of the House Taiwan Caucus, expressed gratitude for the bipartisan support of H.R. 439. “The House Taiwan Caucus was formed last year to foster increased friendship and mutual benefits between the Commonwealth and Taiwan. I’m pleased we could welcome the Taiwan delegation to the Capitol and that my House colleagues overwhelmingly supported the passage of H.R. 439 today,” Shusterman said.

Rep. David Rowe echoed these sentiments, emphasizing Taiwan’s role as a beacon of freedom in Southeast Asia. “Our sister republic stands as a beacon of freedom in Southeast Asia, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to welcome Ambassador Lee to the Capitol of the Commonwealth to celebrate the continued friendship between our governments.”

Sens. Gene Yaw and Carolyn Comitta, co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, also praised the long-standing relationship. “For more than 60 years, Taiwan has worked to establish itself as a strong and successful model of democracy and remains a bright beacon in Asia and across the world,” Yaw said. “We have maintained a friendly sister-state relationship with Taiwan for many, many years, and this relationship is only getting stronger.”

Ambassador Lee’s visit included discussions with several elected officials about Pennsylvania’s importance as a trading partner to Taiwan. They also highlighted the significance of cultural and educational exchanges and technological collaboration between Taiwan and the U.S.

Strengthening Ties: Pennsylvania and Taiwan Celebrate 45 Years of Prosperous Partnership

The implications of this celebration are substantial. Taiwan’s advanced electronics industry and strong consumer market make it an essential economic partner for Pennsylvania. The state’s commitment to fostering this relationship can lead to increased trade, job growth, and technological advancements.

Furthermore, the reaffirmation of support for Taiwan signals a continued dedication to democratic values and mutual respect. In a global landscape where geopolitical tensions often run high, maintaining strong international partnerships is crucial for stability and progress.

In summary, the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act underscores the deep connections between Pennsylvania and Taiwan. As both sides look forward to many more years of collaboration, this event highlights the importance of international partnerships in promoting economic growth, cultural exchange, and shared democratic ideals.

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