I've written previously about the Taiwan Relations Act that was passed by Congress in 1979. Among other things, it provided for the sale of defensive weapons to Taiwan. Last month, thirty years after the act was implemented, the U.S. Congress reaffirmed its support for the TRA.
I'm mentioning it again because Barb alerted me to this excellent article by Don Feder on worldnetdaily.com. It explains in detail why our relationship with Taiwan was -- and still is -- vitally important to the security of the region.