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Institute denies it was approached by Chinese co. for UAV purchase

ROC Central News Agency

2013/10/02 21:46:27

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) The defense ministry's research institute on Wednesday rebutted charges that it had been approached by a Chinese company interested in purchasing its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

"This is not true," the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology said in a statement in response to opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Huang-liang's allegations.

The institution was not approached by any foreign or local companies over UAV purchases during the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition this past August, it said.

Tsai said at a legislative committee session earlier in the day that a Beijing-based company had sought to buy the institute-developed UAVs, expressing concerns that such a purchase would compromise Taiwan's national security.

In that same meeting, lawmakers raised concerns over the vacant deputy defense minister seat left empty after Andrew Yang was promoted to minister before resigning soon afterward.

Defense Minister Yen Ming, who was at the session, said that a new appointee would be named in the near future.

(By Elaine Hou)

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