Mr. ROSS of Florida. Mr. Speaker, October 10th is the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Despite its small geographical size, Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and a free market economy that respects human rights and the rule of law.
The United States and Taiwan have enjoyed a strong security and economic partnership for over half of a century. Our common interest in peace and security has guided U.S.-Taiwan relations and our commitment to Taiwan's security, as stated in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, has enabled Taiwan to build a strong democratic government that, today, serves as a beacon for others in the region and beyond.
Similarly, Taiwan's economic partnership with us has benefited both countries. As a result, Taiwan is our ninth largest trading partner, with the United States importing nearly $36 billion worth of Made in Taiwan goods and exporting $26 billion in goods and services to Taiwan.
In recent years, the communications between Washington and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's administration has been smooth and effortless.
However, there is still room for improvement. For instance, we still need to assist Taiwan's meaningful participation in world agencies, help Taiwan meet its military needs, negotiate a free trade agreement with Taiwan, and waive visa requirements for Taiwanese tourists coming to the U.S. With the support of the United States, I hope Taiwan's goals come true.
Congratulations to the people and leaders of Taiwan on their National Day.