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(J.R.S. 69)

Offered by:Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County and Senator Gear of Chittenden County.

Whereas, commercial interaction with the Republic of China on Taiwan has grown substantially in recent years to the benefit of Vermont, and

Whereas, a democratic, multi-party political system has been smoothly established on the Republic of China on Taiwan in recent years, and

Whereas, the direct role of the Republic of China on Taiwan in international development programs and humanitarian relief operations has expanded significantly during the past decade, often in close coordination with our nation’s own such efforts, and

Whereas, twenty countries from around the world have requested the Secretary General of the United Nations to include a supplementary item in the agenda of the General Assembly to consider the exceptional situation of the Republic of China on Taiwan in the international community, based upon the principle of universality, and in accordance with the established pattern of parallel representation by divided countries in the United Nations, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the ongoing commercial relationship of the people of Vermont and the people of the Republic of China on Taiwan should be recognized as serving our mutual interests in an equitable and reciprocal manner, and be it further

Resolved: That the record of the Republic of China on Taiwan concerning her democratization at home, and humanitarian record abroad, be accorded recognition by the people of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That due consideration be given by the United States to the readiness of the Republic of China on Taiwan for the latter’s further contributions to broader participation in the international community, including such forums as multilateral trade associations, humanitarian relief organizations and the United Nations, and be it further

Resolved: that the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Vice-President of the United States, and the Secretary of State, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.