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     A SENATE RESOLUTION celebrating thirty years of sister- statehood between Indiana and Taiwan.


     , read first time and referred to Committee on


First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)



    I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:

    A SENATE RESOLUTION celebrating thirty years of sister-statehood between Indiana and Taiwan.

    Whereas, Indiana has a strong cultural and economic relationship with Taiwan. In 1979, Indiana was the first state to establish a sister-state relationship with Taiwan, and the first state to establish a trade office in Taiwan ;

    Whereas, Numerous sister-city relationships between Taiwanese and Hoosier cities have developed with the growing bond between Indiana and Taiwan. The City of Taipei has been a sister-city of Indianapolis since 1978;

    Whereas, Indiana and Taiwan have formed a Sister-State Partnership Committee that promotes understanding and cooperation between the citizens of Indiana and Taiwan. The relationships fostered by this committee have resulted in Taiwan's importation of over $99 million worth of chemicals, machinery, and agricultural products from Indiana annually;

    Whereas, Taiwan's economy has flourished in conjunction with Indiana's economy to become the 17th largest economy in the world. With a labor force of over 10.6 million, and

consumer price inflation at only about 2.3%, Taiwan has a strong and healthy economy;

    Whereas, Indiana and Taiwan both started from agricultural-based societies, developed into industrial-based societies, and advanced to become technology-based societies leading industries on the cutting-edge of chemical engineering and biotechnology; and

    Whereas, Together Indiana and Taiwan have grown and evolved to become integral cogs in a globalized economy: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana Senate celebrates thirty years of sister-statehood with Taiwan.
    SECTION 2. The Secretary of State is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Director General Perry Shen of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.