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Recognizing National Day for the Republic of China on Taiwan

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

* Mr. LONG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the people and leaders of the Republic of China on Taiwan as their day of National Celebration, October 10, 2011, approaches. This special day recognizes the founding of the country and this year the anniversary is especially powerful as October 10, 2011 marks the end of a ``Spectacular Century'' and the beginning of another great century for the Republic of China.

* I would like to highlight the economic success of the Republic of China on Taiwan over the last century, a success which has rightly been called a miracle. Beginning with very little economic activity just a few decades ago, the Republic of China on Taiwan now has a dynamic economy which is the envy of the world. Moreover, Taiwan has been a fair trading partner; while total trade with the United States reached an all-time high in 2010, almost half of this trade total, $251 billion, was due to the Republic of China importing goods from the United States. In fact, U.S. exports to the Republic of China have grown even during the Great Recession, creating jobs all across America. Our relationship is a model for fair trade between countries benefiting 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. When the day of National Celebration arrives, the people of both the United States and the Republic of China on Taiwan have much to celebrate.

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