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House Proceeding 03-24-09 on Mar 24th, 2009 :: 0:25:05 to 0:28:25
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Howard L. Berman

0:24:52 to 0:25:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: gentleman from california rise? >> yes, mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, h.con.res 5 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 55, concurrent resolution recognizing the 30th anniversary of the taiwan relations act. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the

Howard L. Berman

0:25:05 to 0:28:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard L. Berman

0:25:15 to 0:25:36( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: gentleman from california, mr. berman, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration.

Howard L. Berman

0:25:37 to 0:25:57( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. berman: . speaker, i rise in strong support of the resolution and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: mr. speaker, this resolution recognizes the enactment of the taiwan relations act 30 years ago and reaffirms congressional support for that law.

Howard L. Berman

0:25:58 to 0:26:18( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: i'd like to thank my good friend, representative shelley berkley of nevada for her leadership, both as co-chair of the taiwan caucus and as chief sponsor of this resolution. the taiwan relations act of 1979 forms the official basis for friendship and cooperation

Howard L. Berman

0:26:19 to 0:26:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: between the united states and taiwan. it has been instrumental in maintaining peace and security across the taiwan straits and in east asia. since the lifting of marshal law in 1987, taiwan has evolved into a robust an democracy. the u.s.-taiwan relationship,

Howard L. Berman

0:26:42 to 0:27:03( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: once based solely on shared interests, is now based on shared values. this remarkable political evolution proves beyond any doubt that the notion of, quote, asian values, unquote, often used to justify one man or one party rule is a fall is i.

Howard L. Berman

0:27:04 to 0:27:24( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: taiwan -- fallacy taiwan has followed its second peaceful transfer of power in last year's presidential election. taiwan has also developed into a vibrant free market economy and a major trading partner of the united states. taiwan's impressive political and economic achievements give

Howard L. Berman

0:27:25 to 0:27:48( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: it the poe text to play a very -- potential to play a very constructive rule in international affairs. i urge that special consideration be commended to the world health assembly later this spring. taiwan has extremely important social and economic ties with china, and it would benefit both governments to take

Howard L. Berman

0:27:49 to 0:28:10( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: additional steps to reducing cross-strait tensions. the act was enacted 30 years ago so that the future of taiwan would be determined only by peaceful means. it is encouragg that china's top leadership recently stated that it was hold talks with taiwan to concluding a peace agreement between the two

Howard L. Berman

0:28:11 to 0:28:26( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: sides. i applaud this development and urge china to do more to reach out to both the government and the people of stay juan. -- of taiwan. i'm confident that the taiwan retions act will remain.

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