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Taiwan, U.S. to hold defense review talks soon: sources

ROC Central News Agency

2016/06/17 11:56:35

Washington, June 16 (CNA) Defense officials from Taiwan and the United States will meet soon for the first time since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May, to discuss exchanges between their armed forces and joint training programs, sources said Thursday.

Deputy Defense Minister Li Hsi-ming (李喜明) will lead the Taiwanese delegation to the annual defense review meeting in Washington on a date that has not yet been disclosed, the sources told CNA on condition of anonymity.

The two countries are expected to discuss Taiwan's efforts to buy new trainer jets from the U.S., joint training programs, and exchanges between their armed forces.

They will also talk about the defense policy of Taiwan's new government, which took office on May 20.

York Chen (陳文政), deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council, who crafted the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) defense blue paper, will also attend the meeting, the sources said.

Chen will be able to give the U.S. side a clear picture of the DPP government's defense policy and overall strategy, according to the sources.

The meeting is likely to be held sometime before Tsai leaves June 24 on a nine-day trip to Panama and Paraguay, which will include transit stops in the U.S., the sources said.

The bilateral defense review talks have been held annually since 2003.

(By Rita Cheng and Kay Liu)

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