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Illustration on Taiwan's efforts to fight disease by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

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Taiwan Defense Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Illustration on China/Taiwan relations by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Communist Chinese designs on Taiwan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Taiwan's military fire artillery from M110A2 self-propelled Howitzers during the annual Han Kuang exercises in Hsinchu, north eastern Taiwan, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Taiwan's military is simulating attacks by political rival China this week, despite an overall warming of ties, after Beijing staged what appeared to be a strike against the presidential office in Taipei. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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James Soong displayed his ability to jolt the political landscape by announcing that he just might jump into Taiwan's crucial 2016 presidential race. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, Tsai Ing-wen, presidential candidate of Taiwanese opposition Democratic Progressive Party speaks to reporters in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan’s opposition presidential candidate will look to reassure U.S. officials this week that victory in a January election for her party, which Beijing views with suspicion, won’t revive tensions across the Taiwan Strait. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, of Taiwan, throws during the first inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees in Sarasota, Fla., Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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This image taken from video provided by TVBS shows a commercial airplane clipping an elevated roadway just before it careened into a river in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The ATR-72 prop-jet aircraft had 58 people aboard. (AP Photo/TVBS)

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Taiwan honor guard lower the national flag during sunset at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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U.S. Military Hardware Assist to Taiwan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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U.S. Military Hardware Assist to Taiwan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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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)