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Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passes pro-Taiwan resolution

Resolution calls for stronger Taiwan-Illinois ties, finalization of Taiwan-US BTA

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Illinois state legislature. (PBS photo)

Illinois state legislature. (PBS photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Illinois House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday (March 15) reaffirming its commitment to strengthening the U.S. state's ties with Taiwan and its support for the Taiwan Relations Act.

The resolution was introduced by the Illinois state legislature's Taiwan Friendship Caucus, which includes Representative William Davis, and was passed unanimously, CNA reported. In addition to pushing for stronger bilateral ties, the resolution calls for the finalization of a Taiwan-U.S. bilateral trade agreement and recommends Illinois companies use the name "Taiwan" when doing business with the nation to avoid inappropriate terms that diminish its sovereignty.

The resolution also advocates Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations that are critical to the health, safety, and the well-being of its people and supports Taiwan's desire to contribute more to the international community.

Indiana and Michigan’s state legislatures recently passed similar resolutions introduced by members of their respective Taiwan Friendship Caucuses.