Senate delays Taiwan friendship resolution

Island nation coveted by PRC is Vermont’s #1 Asian export market

Chinese jets entered Taiwanese airspace Jan. 23, the Republic of China (Taiwan) reported.

By Guy Page

A Vermont Senate resolution affirming the friendship between Vermont and Taiwan Tuesday, Feb. 9 was denied a floor vote, and instead was diverted into committee. 

Most resolutions proceed to a full Senate vote immediately after introduction. But not SR7, sponsored by centrists Jane Kitchell (D-Caledonia), Ann Cummings (D-Washington) and Richard Westman (R-Lamoille): “the President [Lt. Gov. Molly Gray], in her discretion, treated the joint resolution as a bill and referred it to the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs,” the Tuesday, Feb. 9 Senate Journal (pg. 2) says. 

According to the resolution, Taiwan is Vermont’s second-largest export market and in 2019 its

largest Asian export market. There is a driver’s license reciprocity agreement between Vermont and Taiwan. Taiwan donated 44,000 surgical masks to Vermont to help combat COVID-19. “Taiwan can be a vital partner on issues related to public health, criminal justice, aviation safety, and climate change,” the reso claims. 

It also notes that “the United States and the Republic of China (Taiwan) share a vibrant bilateral relationship marked by a mutually beneficial partnership, supported by our common values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and a free market economy” and “the United States is Taiwan’s second-largest trading partner; Taiwan is the tenth-largest goods trading partner of the United States; and bilateral trade in goods and services between the United States and Taiwan

totaled approximately $103.9 billion in 2019.”

The resolution also says “President Tsai Ing-wen has expressed Taiwan’s desire to reach a Bilateral Trade Agreement with the United States that will benefit the Vermont–Taiwan trade relationship.”

On January 23, in response to People’s Republic of China flyovers of Taiwan, the U.S. State Department issued a statement that surprised some Biden-watchers: “The United States notes with concern the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives. We will stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values in the Indo-Pacific region — and that includes deepening our ties with democratic Taiwan.”

Why the Vermont Senate will not, at present, issue a similar statement of support for its largest Asian export market is not mentioned in the Senate journal. The Senate Economic Development committee is chaired by Sen. Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden). Vice-chair is Sen. Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor). President Pro Tem Becca Balint also sits on that committee.

SR7 is the first Senate Resolution that has not been voted on and approved following introduction. No other resolution has been sent to committee. The first six resolutions were essentially “house-keeping” for operating during the State of Emergency. However, S6 – disapproving the Governor’s executive order on Act 250 review – was fought on the floor by Republicans, passing by a 22-8 roll call. It’s possible (but unknown by Vermont Daily) that Senate leadership did not want a repeat of the S6 battle, with some senators voicing support for a longtime ally and then demanding a roll call.

Known as Formosa before the communist takeover of the Chinese mainland in 1949, the 245 mile-long island 100 miles from the mainland is a prosperous, peaceful redoubt of capitalist democracy long supported by the United States. The People’s Republic of China has long maintained that it still has sovereignty over Taiwan.

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6 replies »

  1. Even the “economically insignificant” Peoples’ Republic of Vermont wastes no time in kissing the boots of the commie Chinese who now control Washington politics. Sirotkin and Balint are showing their true stripes, and those stripes are not red, white and blue, but PURE RED.

  2. “the President of the Senate [Lt. Gov. Molly Gray],
    Unwitting Fool or Willing Accomplice… that is the question?

    “In 2015, a lifelong China-dove (i.e., advocate of helping China stand up and prosper) ….Michael Pillsbury, wrote a book (The 100 Year Marathon) where he reversed course. He had been wrong all his professional life, he said, as he now understood that China had embarked on a 1949-2049 plan to turn the USA into a vassal state. In this book, he discussed a phrase circulating in Chinese national security literature: the “Assassin’s Mace” – it had in the works for the USA. The reference, Pillsbury knew, was to an old Chinese story from the Warring States period, and refers to, in essence, a sucker punch one-punch knockout.”


    Taiwan and Israel are the ‘canaries in the coal mine’. Keeping them alive serves us in defending our Republic. ‘Diverting them to committee’ will spell our demise.

  3. So let me see if I understand…our legislators dawdle re-indorsing our commitment to Taiwan while the CCP looses Co-vid and roams about intimidating the world into buying the CCP’s vision of Chinese hegemony. Is that about it? I’m sure I’m missing something here but I’m confident our conscientious legislators will do the right thing…and explain the wisdom here for us constituents.

  4. Well another example of our communist party admiring democrats in Montpelier kissing the boot soles of the ccp.Leahy,Welch and Bernie must be so proud of all of you.

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