Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 19 – Relative to Jiangsu Province of the People’s Republic of China.
[Filed with Secretary of State July 19, 1985.]
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
SCR 19, Garamendi. Jiangsu Province: friendship state.
This measure would declare Jiangsu Province of the People’s Republic of China a friendship state of California. It would extend to the people of Jiangsu Province an invitation to join California as a friendship state. It would also declare the Legislature’s commitment to establishing programs to further the friendship state relationship and request the appropriate state officials to contact the government of Jiangsu in order to negotiate a friendship agreement.
WHEREAS, The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China in December 1978 simultaneously issued a joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, wherein the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China agreed to recognize each other and to establish diplomatic relations as of January 1, 1979; and
WHEREAS, The joint communiqué expresses that that United States will maintain cultural, commercial ,and other unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan; and
WHEREAS, The California Legislature recognized that friendly relations which have mutually exited between the people of California and the People of Taiwan, and therefore in 1983 on behalf of the people of the State of California through the Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 40 Resolution, Chapter 120, extended to the people of Taiwan an invitation to join California as a sister state and to conduct mutually beneficial social, economic, educational, and cultural programs in order to bring our citizens closer together and to strengthen international understanding and good will; and
WHEREAS, The People’s Republic of China has expressed great interest in establishing friendship state relationships with states of the union in the United States and the People’s Republic of China and to facilitate international trade and commerce between the two nations; and
WHEREAS, Fourteen such friendship state relationships have been established between a Chinese province and an American state; and
WHEREAS, Under the guidance of the principles as embodied in the joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, numerous sister city relationships have been established between American and Chinese cities, among which are the sister city pairing of San Francisco-Shanghai, Los Angeles-Guangzhou, Oakland-Dalien, Sacramento-Jinan, and Long Beach-Qingdao; and
WHEREAS, The people of Jiangsu Province of the People’s Republic of China are desirous of entering into a friendship state relationship with the State of California in order to promote for mutual benefit the exchange of trade and commerce and the conduct of scientific, technical, agricultural, and educational programs which will enhance the potential for economic activity in California and Jiangsu; and
WHEREAS, Jiangsu Province presents the opportunity for increased trade markets and the export of ideas, technology, products and equipment from California, enhancement of international cooperation and communication, and social and cultural interchange which would facilitate understanding and goodwill between the citizens of California and Jiangsu Province; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the California Legislature, on behalf of the people of California, declares Jiangsu Province as a friendship state, extends to the people of Jiangsu Province of the People’s Republic of China an invitation to join California as a friendship state, and commits to the establishment of programs which will further the friendship state relationship; and be it further
Resolved, That the appropriate state officials are encouraged to immediately contact the government of Jiangsu in order to negotiate a friendship agreement between Jiangsu and California which furthers mutual understanding and strengthening of friendly relations, enhances international trade and commerce, and facilitates the exchange of culture, education, science and technology; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Governor of Jiangsu Province, the Governor of California, and to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States.