TAIWAN NATIONAL DAY; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 154
(Extensions of Remarks - September 26, 2017)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1270-E1271]
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                          TAIWAN NATIONAL DAY


                           HON. JOHN SHIMKUS

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                      Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  Mr. SHIMKUS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate our friend, 
Taiwan, as it commemorates the 106th anniversary of its National Day on 
October 10th.

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  The United States and Taiwan have always had a strong relationship, 
even in the absence of formal diplomatic ties. This relationship has 
led to cooperation in many areas such as matters of international 
security, trade and investment, cultural exchange and education, etc. 
Taiwan is also a great friend in times of need. When Hurricane Harvey 
recently wrought destruction and wreaked havoc in areas of Texas, 
Louisiana, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Taiwan made a generous 
contribution of $800,000 to help the hurricane's victims. Taiwan's 
President, Tsai Ing-wen, repeatedly expressed concern for our country's 
hurricane victims, and the people of Taiwan have, once again, 
demonstrated their friendship with the United States.
  We need to continue to give Taiwan all the support it needs. Taiwan 
is a democracy and deserves our friendship and best wishes.
  It is my privilege today to rise to congratulate Taiwan as it 
celebrates its 106th National Day.