State of Texas
Trade and investment relations between Texas and Taiwan have remained close and have thrived in recent years. In 2005, Texas, the leading U.S. state for exports, shipped commodities valued at more than $3.4 billion to Taiwan, making Taiwan the 5 th top overseas market for the state. Export commodities to Taiwan mainly comprised chemical and petrochemical products, electronic and electrical equipment, transportation equipment, industrial machinery, metal products, and foodstuffs. Firms from Taiwan have also invested billions of U.S. dollars in Texas businesses including petrochemicals, electronics, communications, automotive spare parts, metal products, real estate, import-export, food and beverages, banking and hostelry, medical supplies. Among Taiwan's major investors in Texas are the Foxconn Corp., China Petroleum Corporation, Applied Optoelectronics, Formosa Plastics, Via-Cyrix Co., Yangming Marine Transport Corp., Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Co., Tungyang Industries, Asia Chemicals, Metro Bank, Texas First National Bank, Sino Swearingen Aircraft Co., Tanox and Acer. Furthermore,China Airlines based in Taiwan launched its direct passenger and cargo service between Taipei and Houston respectively in June 2004 and September 2006,shortening the distance between Taiwan and Texas, rejuvenating the commercial, investment and tourism opportunities, and cementing further the bond of friendship between the two sides.
The State of Texas established a sister state relationship with Taiwan Province in 1988, and at present, ten Texas cities/county have sisterhood relationships with cities in Taiwan: Houston (with Taipei Municipality), San Antonio (with Kaohsiung Municipality), Austin (with the City of Taichung), Corpus Christi (with the City of Keelung), De Soto (with the City of Taoyuan), Laredo (with the County of Tainan), Addison (with the City of Panchiao), Marshall (with Taipei Municipality), and Plano (with the City of Hsinchu),Harris County(with Taipei County).
State of Louisiana
Louisiana and Taiwan carry on a very close trade and economic relationship. The state government of Louisiana maintains an office at the Taipei World Trade Center . In 2005, Louisiana 's exports to Taiwan already reached US$260 million. Our entrepreneurs have made considerable investment in Louisiana , particularly West Lake Group, Formosa Plastics and Nanya Corporation which began their business endeavors in petrochemical and plastic industries in the 1980s, thereby making Taiwan one of the major foreign investment sources in this state.
Agricultural products, mainly soybean and cotton, constitute Louisiana 's principal exports to Taiwan , followed by chemical and petrochemical commodities. Other exports to Taiwan include bituminous coal, paper and paper products, basic metals, fisheries and foodstuff.
The State of Louisiana and Taiwan established a sisterly relationship in 1985, and its capital Baton Rouge also has a similar relationship with the City of Kaohsiung in the same year.
State of Mississippi
In 2005, Mississippi exports various commodities valued at US$13.82 million to Taiwan . The major items exported to Taiwan include chemical and related products, industrial machinery, computer appliances, cast metal products, and farm products.
Three Taiwanese firms are involved in manufacturing endeavors in Mississippi . They are Trilogy Communication Inc. (producing TV cable), Capital PC Warehouse (personal computers) and Huamei Plastic Pipes. Other Taiwanese businesses are mainly involved in small service and restaurant trade. The State of Mississippi and Taiwan founded a sisterly relationship in 1983, and in the same year its capital Jackson also set up a similar relationship with the City of Chiayi .
State of Arkansas
In 2005 Arkansas exports to Taiwan totaled $59.86 million. Products exported comprised mainly chemical and related goods. Paper and related products came in second place. Electronic and electrical appliances took third place followed by industrial equipment and computer appliances, farm produce and basic metal goods in lesser amounts. Three Taiwan firms have investments in Arkansas , namely, President Baking company and the Prowood Timber Co.
The State of Arkansas and Taiwan established a sister state bond in 1983. In the same year, the Arkansas capital, Little Rock , and the City of Kaohsiung united as sister cities.
State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma 's volume of export to Taiwan totaled $34.55 million in 2005, and mainly comprised electronic parts, petrochemical products, foodstuffs, industrial machinery, and metal goods. At present, Taiwan investments in Oklahoma are limited to the restaurant, retail, hotel, and tourism businesses.
Early in 1980 the State of Oklahoma established a sister-state bond with Taiwan . Sisterhood connections have also been sealed between Tulsa and Kaohsiung city and Oklahoma City with Taipei city and Kaohsiung city .
Currently there are nearly 5,000 people from Taiwan living in Oklahoma , concentrated mainly in Oklahoma City and Tulsa . Their principal civic organizations include the Chinese Association of Oklahoma City, the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma City Chinese School, Tulsa Chinese Association, Tulsa Chinese School , and Tulsa-Kaohsiung Sister City Association. In addition, more than 1000 students from Taiwan have pursued higher education in the State of Oklahoma .