Ms. LORETTA SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, in celebration of Taiwan's National Day on October 10th, fondly referred to as Double Ten Day. Since its formation, Taiwan has rapidly industrialized and now boasts the 19th largest economy in the world.
Taiwan remains important to the United States in its advocacy of fair democratic values across the world and its success in sustaining a dynamic multi-party system revealing its commitment to protecting political rights and freedoms. In troubled times such as these, it is also gratifying to know that there are countries that continue to put forth efforts that provide constructive solutions for highly divisive issues.
Instead of exacerbating tensions with China, Taiwan has pursued positive relations with China by promoting economic trade. Taiwan has continued to maintain its own independent and democratic form of government, vibrant culture, and booming commerce.
Once again, I would like to share in Taiwan's celebration on their National Day.