Resolution Urging the Obama Administration to Launch Negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Taiwan
Basing support on ALEC’s guiding principle to advance free markets, this resolution urges the President of the United States to launch negotiations with Taiwan on the establishment of a US-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement. Mention is also made of the current close economic and strategic partnership between our two democracies.
Whereas, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) policy on free trade acknowledges that, “the imposition of artificial barriers to free and open trade…are deterrents to American economic interests;” and
Whereas, a longstanding, close bilateral relationship, codified in the Taiwan Relations Act, has existed between the United States and Taiwan and has proven economically, culturally and strategically important to both countries; and
Whereas, Taiwan is a robust democracy, significant American trading partner and important strategic U.S. ally; and
Whereas, together, Taiwan and the United States promote a shared belief in freedom, democracy and market principles; and
Whereas, Taiwan has consistently ranked among the top 12 US trading partners for over two decades; and
Whereas, according to 2008 figures, the United States is Taiwan’s third largest trading partner, and Taiwan is America’s 12th largest trading partner; and
Whereas, a free trade agreement between Taiwan and the United States would build on the existing strong relations between Taiwan and the United States to simultaneously boost Taiwan’s security and democracy and serve the broader interests of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region; and
Whereas, a free trade agreement between Taiwan and the United States would encourage greater innovation and manufacturing efficiencies by stimulating joint technological development, practical applications and new cooperative ventures; and
Whereas, Taiwan has become the world’s largest producer of information technology hardware and ranks first in the production of notebook computers, monitors, motherboards and scanners; and
Whereas, the United States is a significant supplier of electrical machinery and appliances, transport equipment, scientific instruments and chemical products to Taiwan; and
Whereas, a 2002 United States International Trade Commission report found that exports by some sectors of the United States economy, including automobiles, agricultural products and research medicines would increase significantly in percentage terms if the United States entered into a free trade agreement with Taiwan; and
Whereas, Taiwan was admitted to the World Trade Organization in January 2002 resulting in reduced Taiwanese tariffs and increased market access for foreign investment; and
Whereas, Taiwan, as a member of the World Trade Organization, is entitled to the same rights as any other member nation to enter into free trade agreements with other countries of its choosing; and
Whereas, the People’s Republic of China is initiating negotiations on an economic cooperation framework agreement with Taiwan; and
Whereas, the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan have opened air transport links with each other; and
Whereas, the European Chamber of Commerce has urged Taiwan to sign a free trade agreement with the European Union; now
Therefore be it resolved, that the commonwealth/state of [INSERT STATE] supports the negotiation of a free trade agreement between Taiwan and the United States of America; and
Be it further resolved, that the commonwealth/state of [INSERT STATE] urges the President of the United States to launch immediate negotiations with Taiwan on the establishment of a free trade agreement between our two democracies; and
Be it further resolved, that upon adoption, an official copy of this Resolution be prepared and presented to the President of the United States, to the Chairmen and Ranking members of the U.S. Senate Finance and the U.S. House Ways and Means Committees, to the U.S. Trade Representative, to the Secretary of Commerce, to the Secretary of Labor and to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Approved by ALEC Board of Directors on January 8, 2010.