TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The New Jersey legislature unanimously passed a resolution Thursday (May 25) in support of the state’s partnership with Taiwan.
The resolution commemorates New Jersey’s sister state relationship with Taiwan, established in 1989, and emphasizes the importance of our long-term partnership.
The resolution also encourages the strengthening of economic and trade relations between the United States and Taiwan through bilateral trade agreements, and expresses support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations such as the World Health Organization, according to the Central News Agency. It mentioned that the Taiwan-US trade and investment framework agreement will be resumed in June 2021.
Li Guangzhang, director of the Economic and Cultural Office in New York, said that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s promotion of innovative economy and infrastructure development coincides with Taiwan’s six core strategic industries. Lee Hsien Loong expressed the hope that the two sides will strengthen cooperation in high technology, green energy, transportation, biotechnology, supply chain security and other fields.
Taiwan is New Jersey’s fifth largest Asian export market, and more than 200 Taiwanese companies have invested in the state.
In 2019, Taiwan and New Jersey signed a reciprocal driver’s license agreement. In 2021, New Jersey and Taoyuan City will become sister cities.
During the epidemic, the Taiwanese government donated 300,000 masks to help Taiwan fight the new crown virus.