Mr. RIVERA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Republic of China (Taiwan) for more than a century of tremendous success as we approach their National Day of Celebration, October 10, 2012. This day marks 101 years since the founding of the country, and most importantly marks more than a century of progress towards democracy, freedom, and economic success for the people of Taiwan. I would like to commend the country for its continued commitment to a brighter future, despite numerous struggles over the years. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Taiwan for its many years of friendship to the United States. It has been an ally in the region for decades, and this invaluable friendship deserves recognition.
I congratulate Ambassador Jason Yuan, Representative of Taiwan to the United States, on his new post as Secretary-General of the National Security Council of Taiwan. I cherish the friendship with Ambassador Yuan and wish the Ambassador and Madame Yuan the very best of luck in the future.