Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge Taiwan's 101st National Day on October 10, 2012. This event marks the anniversary of the 1911 uprising that led to the establishment of the Republic of China.
Under President Ma Ying-jeou's leadership, Taiwan has made great strides in improving relations with mainland China, which has contributed to reduced tensions in the region overall. Furthermore, through the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, millions of citizens in both nations have benefited. China and Taiwan are continuing to pursue productive and peaceful negotiations to ensure a better future for their citizens, and cross-strait relations are better now than they have ever been.
The United States should support and assist Taiwan in building on its recent successes and playing a greater role in international organizations, such as the World Health Assembly. Taiwan is also on the road to gaining membership in the International Civil Aviation Organization. This important progress should be recognized and encouraged.
Mr, Speaker, Taiwan is an important ally to the United States, an outpost of democracy and freedom, and plays a critical economic role in the region. Millions of Americans buy Taiwanese products, and Taiwan is an export destination for a wide range of American products, from agriculture to raw materials to technology. The Taiwanese people are committed to hard work and democratic values, as well as productive and peaceful international relations. I offer my sincere congratulations on their 101st National Day, and look forward to celebrating Taiwan's future successes.