Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 40


Relative to Taiwan, the Republic of China.

[Filed with Secretary of State September 14, 1983]

WHEREAS, The sister city-state concept was inaugurated by the President of the United States in 1956 to establish greater friendship and understanding between the people of the United States and other nations through the medium of direct personal contact; and


WHEREAS, All succeeding United States Presidents have endorsed this program conducted for the broad purpose of exchanging ideas between the citizens of the State of California, the United States, and the peoples of other nations; and


WHEREAS, The people of Taiwan, like the people of the State of California and the United States, generally, have overcome great adversity and have built a successful, prosperous, free economy; and


WHEREAS, The Republic of China has been one of the most faithful allies of the United States since 1941; and


WHEREAS, Strong commercial ties now exist between the citizens of the Province of Taiwan and the citizens of the State of California; and


WHEREAS, The people-to-people program initiated by President Eisenhower in 1956 and endorsed by President Kennedy in 1961 was designed to bring the people of the world closer together in the interest of peace and prosperity; and


WHEREAS, A sister-state relationship between Taiwan and California is in the best interest of cooperative relationship between the two states involved; now, therefore, be it


Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature, on behalf of the people of the State of California, extends to the people of Taiwan (the Republic of China) through the Provincial Legislature of Taiwan, an invitation to join California as a sister state and to conduct mutually beneficial social, economic, education, and cultural programs in order to bring our citizens closer together and strengthen international understanding and good will; and be it further


Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to Lee Teng-Hui, Governor of Taiwan, Kao Yu-Jen, Speaker of the Provincial Legislature to Taiwan, Nieh Wen-Ya, President of the Legislative Yuan, Republic of China, George Deukmejian, Governor of California, each member of Congress from the State of California and to the presiding officers of the legislative houses of the other states of the Union.