Mr. WESTMORELAND. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the people of the Republic of China on Taiwan as their day of National Celebration, October 10, 2012, approaches. This special day recognizes the founding of the country.
I would also like to highlight the economic success of the Republic of China on Taiwan over the last century. Beginning with very little economic activity just a few decades ago, the Republic of China on Taiwan has seen a profound increase and now has a dynamic economy which is quickly becoming the envy of Asia.
Moreover, Taiwan has been a fair trading partner. Total trade with the United States reached an all-time high in 2011, and Taiwan is now our 10th largest goods-trading partner. Our relationship with Taiwan is a model for fair trade between countries which benefits both sides, a model we should highlight here today.
I urge my colleagues to join me in congratulating the people of the Republic of China on Taiwan on their economic success and thanking them for their continued efforts to work with the United States to foster economic growth in our country. On the day of National Celebration the people of both the United States and the Republic of China on Taiwan have much to celebrate. We look forward to our continued relationship with Taiwan, and wish them the very best.