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Taiwan-U.S. defense industry forum to be held in Kaohsiung in May

Source: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201804150014.aspx


Taiwan-U.S. defense industry forum to be held in Kaohsiung in May


2018/04/15 20:28:47


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April 15 (CNA) An annual defense industry conference between Taiwan and the United States will be held for the first time in Kaohsiung on May 10 and will focus on issues related to shipbuilding, aerospace development and information security.

The event had previously been held in the U.S. in October every year since it began in 2002, but Taiwan's military proposed at the 2017 conference to meet twice a year, once in Taiwan and once in the U.S., so that American officials and businesses could come to Taiwan and learn about the local market.

The proposal was eventually accepted after the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, which has hosted the conference since 2002, and the Taiwan Defense Industry Development Association (DIDA), a nonprofit organization founded in July 2017, signed a memorandum of understanding on defense industry cooperation between the two sides.

The Taiwan conference will take place in the first half of each year and focus on technical exchanges between U.S. and Taiwanese companies, while the U.S. conference will continue to be held in the second half of the year and focus on defense industry policies.

The Kaohsiung conference, to be called the "Taiwan-U.S. Defense Industry Forum," is expected to attract international weapons systems suppliers, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Co. and British Aerospace.

Representatives of these overseas companies will be taken to visit DIDA members such as the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Aerospace Industrial Development Corp., Kaohsiung-based China Steel Corp., Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Co., CSBC Corp. Taiwan and Trend Micro during their stay in Taiwan, sources said.

(By Yu Kai-hsiung and Elizabeth Hsu)



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Old Posted Apr 22, 2018, 4:38 PM
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Source: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3408529

Taiwan-US defense forum in Kaohsiung only to talk business

The president of the US-Taiwan Business Council will lead a US delegation to attend the non-official forum in May


By Teng Pei-ju,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2018/04/18 17:48




(Taiwan News) — The Taiwan-U.S. Defense Business Forum will be held on May 10 for the first time in Taiwan, but according to a source closely following the matter, there will not be any U.S. government officials attending the event.

Despite speculation that high-level U.S. officials might visit Taiwan for the forum in Kaohsiung after the enactment of the Taiwan Travel Act (H.R.535), the Liberty Times quoted a source as saying that the event was intended for informal exchanges involving representatives from the private sectors of both Taiwan and the U.S.

The U.S. delegation would be led by Rupert J. Hammond-Chambers, president of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, added the source.

The source also said if Taiwanese companies wished to become a supplier in the U.S. arms business, the forum in May would be a good opportunity for those companies to spot new business niches in the U.S. arms industry.

As for another defense business forum scheduled later this year in the U.S., there will be a delegation led by high-level officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense and other governmental institutes. The delegation will aim to have more interactions with U.S. counterparts and hold talks on arms sales to Taiwan, according to the source.

The Taiwan-U.S. Defense Business Forum was initiated in 2002 and was held once a year in the U.S. until 2017. From 2018, the forum will be held twice a year in Taiwan and the U.S. respectively.

The Liberty Times reported that over the years, officials from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense, and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, among other official agencies, had joined the forums in the U.S.

According to the agenda for the forum in May, there will be a keynote speech on U.S.-Taiwan cooperation in defense businesses, and talks about Taiwan's shipbuilding, cybersecurity, and aerospace industries.
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