US of­fi­cial ‘urged tech trans­fer’ to Tai­wan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A U.S. de­fense of­fi­cial at­tend­ing a U.S.-Tai­wan de­fense con­fer­ence in Vir­ginia en­cour­aged Amer­i­can com­pa­nies on Mon­day to trans­fer tech­nol­ogy to Tai­wan so that it can as­sem­ble its own weapons, ac­cord­ing to a par­tic­i­pant at the con­fer­ence.

Abra­ham Den­mark, U.S. deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of de­fense for East Asia, was cited as hav­ing made the ap­peal dur­ing a speech at the three-day U.S.-Tai­wan De­fense In­dus­try Con­fer­ence 2015, which opened Sun­day in Wil­liams­burg, Vir­ginia.

The par­tic­i­pant, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said Den­mark opened his speech by stress­ing the United States’ se­cu­rity com­mit­ments to Tai­wan but that U.S. prom­ises alone were not enough to guar­an­tee Tai­wan’s se­cu­rity, and he sug­gested that Tai­wan needed to bear its own share of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Den­mark ad­vised Tai­wan to pay more at­ten­tion to de­fense mat­ters, say­ing that Tai­wan’s mil­i­tary spend­ing should be suf­fi­cient to sup­port mil­i­tary oper­a­tions and train­ing, ac­cord­ing to the par­tic­i­pant.

Den­mark also en­cour­aged Amer­i­can arms com­pa­nies to trans­fer their tech­nolo­gies to Tai­wan so that Tai­wan can build its own weapons, ar­gu­ing that much of the large and ex­pen­sive mil­i­tary equip­ment pro­duced by these com­pa­nies was no longer meet­ing Tai­wan’s needs, the par­tic­i­pant said.

He also ad­vised Tai­wan to make its mil­i­tary more flex­i­ble and mo­bile and to phase out its old mil­i­tary equip­ment, say­ing that do­ing so would not af­fect Tai­wan’s over­all mil­i­tary strength, the par­tic­i­pant said.

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