House Joint Resolution No. 7
Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________
A Joint Resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the state of Montana supporting full membership in the United Nations for the Republic of China on Taiwan.
WHEREAS, China has been a divided nation since 1949, and the Republic of China on Taiwan and the People's Republic of China on the Chinese mainland have exercised exclusive jurisdiction over separate parts of China; and
WHEREAS, the Republic of China on Taiwan acknowledges that two equal and distinct political entities exist within the divided China; and
WHEREAS, the Republic of China on Taiwan is currently the 14th largest trading nation in the world; its gross national product is the 20th largest in the world; its annual per capita income exceeds $16,000; its foreign exchange reserves exceed $100 billion; and it has become the seventh largest outbound investor in the world; and
WHEREAS, the 21 million people on Taiwan enjoy a democratic form of government that includes free and open elections at the local and national levels, and the policies of the Republic of China on Taiwan conform to those of other democratic nations; and
WHEREAS, the Republic of China on Taiwan has joined other nations in responding to international disasters and crises, has undertaken programs of assistance for less developed nations, and has in other ways accepted regional and global responsibilities; and
WHEREAS, the Republic of China on Taiwan has joined several important multilateral organizations in recent years, including the Asia Pacific Economic Council and the Asian Development Bank, and its admission into these organizations has been supported by the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Republic of China on Taiwan has launched a campaign to pursue a seat in the United Nations without prejudice to the current position of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations; and
WHEREAS, membership of the Republic of China on Taiwan in the United Nations conforms to the United Nations' principle of universality and would contribute to the peace and stability of the Pacific region and, therefore, to the interests of the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That the Republic of China on Taiwan deserves to be allowed full membership in the United Nations.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State send copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, the Governor of Montana, and the Montana Congressional Delegation.