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US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference to open in October


The US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference is set to kick off in late October in the US state of Maryland. That’s according to a statement released by Taiwan’s defense ministry on Monday.


The annual conference is a platform for military exchanges and industrial cooperation between the two sides. However, it is an unofficial one and has been organized by the Virginia-based US-Taiwan Business Council, since 2002.


Deputy Defense Minister Chang Guan-chung will lead a delegation from Taiwan to attend the three-day event, which begins on October 28. He’s been chosen to head the group because of his familiarity with the defense industry and this year’s theme of industrial cooperation and safety.


Taiwan’s defense ministry says the military has been actively taking part in activities that are conducive to Taiwan’s defense industry development. The military is also hoping to further clarify Taiwan’s determination to maintain a policy of self-sufficient defense.