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

2018/04/15 20:28:47

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Taipei, 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)