Taiwan and the United States began the annual two-day US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference on Monday. This year the conference is held in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the event, Taiwan is represented by Deputy Defense Minister for Armaments Chang Guan-chung as well as party leaders, legislators and defense industry representatives. Chang made a speech citing that recent incursions from China’s military have affected regional stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Chang said Taiwan has thus been increasing its defense budget to expand its military and to be prepared for combat.
Chang said he hopes the US can give careful consideration to Taiwan’s unique combat environment when it decides on arms sales to Taiwan. He also said that Taiwan has to consider combat systems that can be of use long term. He said support and maintenance for the systems from the US are also vital to Taiwan.