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  • In Support of Our Close Partner Taiwan

    by Representative Scott DesJarlais

    Posted on 2015-12-15

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    Congressional Record, Volume 161 Issue 182 (Tuesday, December 15, 2015)

    [Congressional Record Volume 161, Number 182 (Tuesday, December 15, 2015)]
    [Extensions of Remarks]
    [Page E1787]
    From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                             HON. SCOTT DesJARLAIS
                                  of tennessee
                        in the house of representatives
                           Tuesday, December 15, 2015
      Mr. DesJARLAIS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight the positive 
    steps that our close partner and friend Taiwan has taken in the South 
    China Sea.
       On December 12, 2015, the Taiwanese government inaugurated a newly 
    constructed lighthouse and renovated wharf on the Taiping Island, which 
    is the largest natural island of the Spratly Islands in the South China 
    Sea and has been administered by Taiwan since 1946. This infrastructure 
    project will help support free and safe passage of ships through the 
    surrounding waters, further enabling Taiwan to offer humanitarian 
    assistance, disaster relief, and provide emergency rescue support to 
    passing vessels.
       Like the United States, Taiwan is a firm believer in freedom of 
    navigation rights and has actively worked to promote peace and 
    prosperity throughout the South China Sea region. Earlier this year, 
    Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the South China Sea Peace 
    Initiative, reiterating their government's longstanding position of 
    shelving disputes and promoting joint resource development in these 
    contested waters.
       Over the years, Taiwan has continued to play a responsible and 
    peaceful role in the region and as such, I urge my colleagues to join 
    me in working with our Taiwanese partners to promote our common 
    interests and uphold international law.

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