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16th Annual US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference

The conference was held October 15-17, 2017 in Princeton, New Jersey.  This annual conference, a platform for dialogue on Taiwan’s national security needs, weapons and defense cooperation with the US, was considered as the most important conference for Taiwan.  The three-day conference was hosted by the US-Taiwan Business Council since 2002.  The Taiwanese delegation was led by Deputy Defense Ministry General Chang Guan-chung.  Chang delivered a keynote speech.   On the US side, Ambassador James Moriarty, Chairman, American Institute in Taiwan, delivered an introductory remarks, and David Helvey, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs also gave a keynote speech later in the day.  Taiwan intended to seek Washington’s support for arms sales and cooperation opportunities with US defense companies.  The business representatives from Taiwan’s information security, shipbuilding and aviation industries participated the discussion of weapons procurement proposals.  There was a report that Taiwan was highly interested in acquiring Lockheed Martin F-35 jets.   Speaking at the conference, General Chang said US would be the East Asian country’s “priority” partner as it seeks to develop new advanced trainer aircraft and diesel-electric submarines, as well as boost capability in C41SR technologies.   Chang reiterated that Taiwan needs to move toward self-sufficiency on national defense and develop its defense industry if it wants to drive the development and transformation of basic industries in the country.  In the past several years, Taiwan developed a wide array of advanced missiles, including the Tien Kung series of surface-to-air anti-ballistic missiles and the supersonic anti-ship Hsiung Feng-3 missile.  Even though, Taiwan made significant progress in developing defense technologies, Taiwan still needs weapons acquisition from US.  The conference agenda included a discussion of threats facing Taiwan and its response options, as well as exploit China’s weaknesses.  Ian Easton, research fellow at the US-based think tank Project 2049 Institute and the author of newly published book “the Chinese Invasion Threat”, was invited to give a talk.





































Posted: October 20, 2017
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