TAIWAN'S 107TH ANNIVERSARY; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 159
(Extensions of Remarks - September 26, 2018)

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                       TAIWAN'S 107TH ANNIVERSARY


                      HON. SANFORD D. BISHOP, JR.

                               of georgia

                    in the house of representatives

                     Wednesday, September 26, 2018

  Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 
107th anniversary of the founding of Taiwan, also known as the Republic 
of China.
  As a member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, I long have been 
impressed with how this island of twenty-three million people punches 
above its weight and has become an economic powerhouse. It is home to 
Foxconn, one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers, as well 
as other large technology companies such as ASUS, Pegatron, and Quanta 
Computer. In fact, Taiwan is known as one of the Four Asian Tigers 
whose rapid economic expansion has served as models for other 
developing countries.
  The United States and Taiwan also enjoy a strong albeit unofficial 
relationship which is maintained by the American Institute in Taiwan. 
According to the United States Trade Representative, Taiwan is the 
United States' tenth largest trading partner and the United States is 
Taiwan's third largest trading partner (after China and Hong Kong). 
U.S. goods and services trade with Taiwan totaled an estimated $84.7 
billion in 2016.
  My home state of Georgia also has a strong relationship with Taiwan. 
Last year, Georgia exported more than $400 million in goods to Taiwan 
including heterocyclic compounds, civilian aircraft engines and parts, 
poultry, data processors, cotton and kaolinic clays. There

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are a number of Georgia companies spanning across multiple industries 
that have operations in Taiwan.
  Our relationship, however, is much deeper than just trade. Two 
Georgia cities have sister city agreements with Taiwan--Atlanta 
(Taipei) and Columbus (Taichung). In addition, the wife and sisters-in-
law of Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, all 
attended Wesleyan College in Macon in the early 1900s.
  The hard work, ingenuity, and tenacity of the people of Taiwan are to 
be commended on the 107th anniversary of the Republic of China. I look 
forward to many more years of continued cooperation and goodwill 
between our two nations in the years to come.