house resolution no.188
Rep. Cynthia Johnson offered the following resolution:
A resolution to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and People’s Republic of China and to declare October 1, 2019, as China Day and October 1-7, 2019, as Chinese Heritage Week in the state of Michigan.
Whereas, On January 1, 1979, the United States and People’s Republic of China (referred to as “China”) officially established diplomatic relations, with 2019 marking the 40th anniversary of United States-China relations; and
Whereas, Since US ship "Empress of China" sailed to China over 230 years ago, trade and exchanges between our two countries have continued to flourish, transforming the world in the process; and
Whereas, Over the past four decades, exchanges and cooperation between the two countries have scored historic achievements. Forty years ago, only several thousand visits were made between the two countries each year. In 2017, over 5.3 million visits were made between the two countries. Forty years ago, the bilateral trade volume was less than $2.5 billion. In 2018, it surpassed $659 billion. Forty years ago, the two-way investment between China and the US was almost zero. Today, two-way investment in various forms amounted to over $230 billion in accumulative terms; and
Whereas, Not only our two countries, but the entire world has benefited enormously from our ties over the past forty years. From advancing the proper settlement of regional hot-spot issues to fighting international terrorism, from tackling the global financial crisis to promoting global growth, China and the US have conducted extensive cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels; and
Whereas, The steady growth of China-US relations is indispensable to the success of our two countries and the world, and it would be irresponsible and detrimental for us to "decouple" or become isolated from each other; and
Whereas, Michigan has a significant and historical role in the opening of relations between the US and China. Our state has been dedicated to developing cooperative relations with China for decades, and the mutual exchanges and cooperation have flourished during recent years. Michigan has newly established another sister state-province relationship with Guangdong Province. The state has attracted over 300 Chinese companies that represent more than $4 billion in investment and support more than 10,000 jobs for local communities; and
Whereas, Chinese-Americans helped completed the Transcontinental Railroad and 1 in 5 Chinese Americans enlisted to serve in World War II; and
Whereas, Michigan is ranked 15th in the US as home to more than 60,000 residents of Chinese heritage who have contributed greatly to the strength of our country and state; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and People’s Republic of China and declare October 1, 2019, as China Day and October 1-7 as Chinese Heritage Week in the state of Michigan. We recognize the significant contribution of Chinese Americans to the strength of the great state of Michigan and support continued diplomatic, economic, and people-to-people cooperation between state of Michigan and China.