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MND: Vice defense minister’s US trip not related to arms sales

2017-06-19
  • Vice Defense Minister

    Vice Defense Minister

    Vice Defense Minister Admiral Pu Tze-chun is featured in this CNA file photo.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) says that a top military official’s upcoming trip to the United States is not to discuss arms sales.

 

The defense ministry was responding on Monday to reports about a planned trip by Vice Defense Minister Admiral Pu Tze-chun. The reports said that the United States had in the past agreed to sell Taiwan eight submarines and High-speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM). However, no further action has been taken on those sales.

 

The media reports suggested that Pu was likely heading to the United States to discuss the arms sales. But the defense ministry said that was not the case. It said that he is traveling to the US to participate in an annual think tank meeting, and to express the Republic of China’s defense policies and its concepts for maintaining regional stability and peace.

 

The Republic of China is the official name of Taiwan’s government.