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Barry Goldwater waves to delegates inside the Cow Palace at the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco. As a senator, he strongly argued that it is a core American value and in the country's best interest to stand by Taiwan as it faced an existential threat from tyrannical communists. Goldwater's contribution to the U.S.-Taiwan relationship made him a figure of enormous importance and won him profound respect on the other side of the Pacific. He championed the passage of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a landmark piece of legislation, which through bipartisan support, was signed into law in April 1979. To this day, that law provides the bedrock for U.S.-Taiwan relations. (Associated Press)

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China-Taiwan Submarine Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Taiwan-born Thomas Chen, founder and CEO of Crystal Window & Door Systems.

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A woman struggles with her umbrella in strong winds and rain from approaching Typhoon Matmo in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rains and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers (85 miles) per hour. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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"It's not my personal criticism, but a lot of people's criticism in Taiwan is that, 'Hey, why do we, Taiwan, need such big radar towers that can detect the inner land of mainland China?'" Dale Wen-Chieh Jieh says in a visit to The Washington Times. (Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times)

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In this May 14, 2014 photo, Wu'er Kaixi, a prominent student leader from the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China's Tiananmen Square gives his views on China over the last 25 years during an interview with the Associated Press in Taipei, Taiwan. Kaixi's last glimpse of China was a fading shore from a boat that had come to collect him on a cloudy summer’s night. Now 46, Wu’er has spent longer in exile in the United States and on the self-governing island of Taiwan than in his homeland China. He is an investment banker in Taipei, husband to a Taiwanese and father of two sons, aged 19 and 16. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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In this May 14, 2014 photo, Wu'er Kaixi, a prominent student leader from the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China's Tiananmen Square gives his views on China over the last 25 years during an interview with the Associated Press in Taipei, Taiwan. Kaixi's last glimpse of China was a fading shore from a boat that had come to collect him on a cloudy summer’s night. Now 46, Wu’er has spent longer in exile in the United States and on the self-governing island of Taiwan than in his homeland China. He is an investment banker in Taipei, husband to a Taiwanese and father of two sons, aged 19 and 16. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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In this May 14, 2014 photo, Wu'er Kaixi, a prominent student leader from the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China's Tiananmen Square gives his views on China over the last 25 years during an interview with the Associated Press in Taipei, Taiwan. Kaixi's last glimpse of China was a fading shore from a boat that had come to collect him on a cloudy summer’s night. Now 46, Wu’er has spent longer in exile in the United States and on the self-governing island of Taiwan than in his homeland China. He is an investment banker in Taipei, husband to a Taiwanese and father of two sons, aged 19 and 16. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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In this May 14, 2014 photo, former student leader in the Tiananmen protests of 1989, Wu'er Kaixi poses for a portrait at a local coffee shop in Taipei, Taiwan. Kaixi's last glimpse of China was a fading shore from a boat that had come to collect him on a cloudy summer’s night. Now 46, Wu’er has spent longer in exile in the United States and on the self-governing island of Taiwan than in his homeland China. He is an investment banker in Taipei, husband to a Taiwanese and father of two sons, aged 19 and 16. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)