56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023


Patricia Roybal Caballero and Derrick J. Lente

and Debra M. Sariñana and Christine Trujillo








     WHEREAS, the trade of goods and services between the United States and the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, totaled an estimated one hundred fourteen billion dollars ($114,000,000,000) in 2021, with thirty-six billion dollars ($36,000,000,000) in exports, excluding military sales, and sixty-seven billion one hundred million dollars ($67,100,000,000) in imports, ranking Taiwan as the eighth-largest trading partner of the United States; and

     WHEREAS, overall, Taiwan supports more than three hundred seventy-three thousand two hundred eighty-eight jobs in the United States; and

     WHEREAS, Taiwan was New Mexico's sixth-largest export market in 2021, with a total of one hundred twenty-four million dollars ($124,000,000) in exports from New Mexico; and

     WHEREAS, in total, more than one thousand two hundred jobs in New Mexico are supported by Taiwan-affiliated companies and the exports of goods and services to Taiwan; and

     WHEREAS, four co-sponsors plus one hundred fifty-seven members of congress signed a letter to United States trade representative Robert E. Lighthizer on December 19, 2019, and fifty United States senators signed an additional letter to him on October 1, 2020, both encouraging the United States government to work toward initiating negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan, which would foster a more open and fair trade environment, thereby creating greater export and investment opportunities between the two countries; and

     WHEREAS, the United States under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment and Taiwan's ministers of economic affairs and science and technology jointly led the second annual United States-Taiwan economic prosperity partnership dialogue on November 22, 2021, featuring extensive discussions on supply chain resiliency, countering economic coercion, promoting the digital economy, strengthening fifth generation wireless network security and advancing collaboration in a variety of science and technology areas; and

     WHEREAS, Taiwan's Admiral cable located operations in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, in 2018, and Xxentria and Cymmetrik followed in 2020, creating more than three hundred jobs; and

     WHEREAS, Taiwan's bureau of foreign trade and ministry of economic affairs and the New Mexico economic development department signed a memorandum of understanding on trade and economic cooperation on October 5, 2021, aiming to foster further economic engagement and establish or expand operations and supply chain cooperation between Taiwan and New Mexico; and

     WHEREAS, on July 12, 2013, the president of the United States signed into law H.R. 1151, an act supporting Taiwan's participation as an observer in the international civil aviation organization; and

     WHEREAS, on March 18, 2016, the president of the United States signed into law S. 2426, an act directing the United States secretary of state to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the international criminal police organization; and

     WHEREAS, on March 26, 2020, the president of the United States signed into law S. 1678, an act stating that it should be the policy of the United States to advocate, as appropriate, for Taiwan's membership in all international organizations in which statehood is not a requirement and in which the United States is also a participant, and for Taiwan to be granted observer status in other appropriate international organizations; and

     WHEREAS, the United States secretary of state issued a statement on October 26, 2021, encouraging all United Nations member states to join in supporting Taiwan's robust, meaningful participation throughout the United Nations system and in the international community; and

     WHEREAS, Ms. Bi-khim Hsiao, Taiwan's representative to the United States, and Taiwan's digital minister, Ms. Audrey Tang, were invited to attend the "summit for democracy" hosted by President Joe Biden on December 9 and 10, 2021; and

     WHEREAS, joint memorials in support of Taiwan's participation in international organizations and United Nations specialized agencies have been introduced in the New Mexico legislature in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021; and

     WHEREAS, the Taiwan Travel Act, enacted on March 16, 2018, allows officials at all levels of the federal government to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts and allows high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States; and

     WHEREAS, New Mexico legislators are urged to support the negotiation of a United States-Taiwan bilateral trade agreement and Taiwan's participation in international organizations; and

     WHEREAS, achievements made by New Mexico and Taiwan have been acknowledged in the fields of economy, trade, technology, education and culture since the establishment of their sister-state relations on August 14, 1985; and

     WHEREAS, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico legislators are encouraged to lead delegations to Taiwan to advance bilateral trade and investment opportunities between New Mexico and Taiwan, and tourism, cultural and educational exchange opportunities between New Mexico and Taiwan in the future;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the house of representatives support strengthening relations between New Mexico, the United States and Taiwan in trade, the exchange of visits by officials and support of organizations; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the president of the United States, the governor of New Mexico, members of New Mexico's congressional delegation, the United States secretary of state and the United States trade representative.

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