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Defense Ministry denies minister made 'secret visit' to Singapore

ROC Central News Agency

2012/02/15 19:04:00

By Elaine Hou

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) A recent visit by Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu to Singapore was to attend a large-scale air show there, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday, dismissing a local media report that it was a "secret visit" to promote bilateral military exchanges.

Kao led a delegation that attended the Singapore Airshow -- the largest aerospace and defense event in Asia -- to learn about the latest developments in defense technologies in advanced countries, the ministry said.

"This was not a secret visit," said MND spokesman Luo Shou-he.

The Chinese-language China Times reported earlier that day that Kao was invited by Singapore to make a "secret visit" for high-level military exchanges between the two countries.

The purpose of Kao's five-day visit, scheduled to wrap up the following day, is to attend the air show, Luo said.

The biennial show, which runs Feb. 14-19, hosts exhibitors from more than 50 countries displaying their recent innovations in the defense and aviation industry.

Participating exhibitors include U.S. aerospace companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

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