Taiwan's Army chief in U.S. for annual event: Defense minister

10/12/2021 01:06 PM
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Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng. CNA file photo
Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) has confirmed a report that the chief of Taiwan's Army is in the United States as part of an annual exchange program between the two sides' militaries.

Chiu confirmed a Chinese-language report published earlier Tuesday that made public the visit of Army General Hsu Yen-pu (徐衍璞) to Washington to attend the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting (AUSA).

The Chinese-language United Daily News (UDN) said Hsu, leading a delegation of eight senior Army officials, departed from Taipei on Oct. 9 to attend the meeting being held from Oct. 11 to 13.

The meeting is described by its website as the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America, and highlights the capabilities of organizations and presents a wide range of industry products and services.

AUSA also features panel discussions and seminars on pertinent military and national security subjects, according to the event's website.

Asked to comment, Chiu told reporters in Taipei that Hsu's visit is part of a regular exchange between the two sides that occurs every year.

Chiu said he was informed of the trip beforehand and described it as necessary for bilateral exchanges, but he did not offer any other details related to the visit.

According to the UDN report, Hsu and his delegation will also fly to Hawaii to attend a year-end meeting with senior U.S. Army officials before returning to Taiwan.

The officials will meet with Charles Flynn, commanding general of United States Army Pacific, and John Christopher Aquilino, the commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, to discuss details related to military exchange programs next year, according to the report.

(By Lin Yu-hsuan and Joseph Yeh)

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