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Dear Representative _______________________ :
As a constituent of yours, I write to
you today about the following issue which is very important to
Taiwanese Americans and the people of Taiwan.
On February 16, Reps. Jim Ramstad and
William Jefferson introduced HCR346 calling for a U.S-Taiwan Free
Trade Agreement. The resolution concludes that “the
United States should increase trade opportunities with Taiwan by
launching negotiations to enter into a free trade agreement with
Taiwan is a gateway to Asia and
America's 8th largest trading partner, creating some US$64 billion
in two-way trade per year. Studies by the US International Trade
Commission show that US exports to Taiwan would grow at a rate of
approximately 16% per year if and when an FTA is concluded.
Taiwan is also a major player in the
IT and computer sector (some 80% of all laptops in the world are
manufactured in Taiwan), as well as an upcoming player in areas such
as biotechnology and nanotechnology. Partnering with Taiwan
companies would give a competitive edge to US R&D in those areas.
Additionally, an FTA would strengthen
U.S. ties with a major democratic ally, and enhance stability and
peace in the region. It would also help Taiwan break out of its
isolation in the regional trade integration which China tries to
impose on the island ("ASEAN plus 3").
Please contact Adam Peterman at
225-2871 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to co-sponsor this important
and time-sensitive resolution. June 2007 is the deadline for the FTA
to qualify for "Fast Track" treatment. So, before June 2007, the FTA
needs to be on the priority agenda of the President. The formal
process needs to be started by April
Thank you very much for your support