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US, Taiwan deputy defense ministers meet

The China Post--Taiwan's Vice Defense Minister Andrew Yang met the Deputy U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at Pentagon on Tuesday as part of the Taiwanese official's United States tour to enhance bilateral military cooperation, local media reported yesterday.

Following their meetings, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) released a photo on its official site showing Deputy Defense Secretary Carter greeting Yang before the meeting began.

The DOD's rare move in making public the photo of Yang and Carter's meeting was meant to clarify media speculations that said Washington was upset with Taipei's recent handling of a territorial dispute with Tokyo over the Diaoyutai Islands, diplomatic sources told local media yesterday.

The two officials discussed different bilateral military issues during their half-hour meeting Tuesday, including some “sensitive issues,” according to sources but without further elaboration.

Yang and a local military delegation were visiting in the U.S. for the annual Taiwan-U.S. Defense Industry Conference in Pennsylvania that began on Oct. 1.

After attending the conference, Yang headed for Washington, D.C. to meet with senior officials from the U.S. State Department and Department of Homeland Security before he met with Carter n Pentagon.

The Taiwanese returned to Taiwan later Tuesday.

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Deputy U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, left, shakes hands with Taiwan's Vice Defense Minister Andrew Yang before a meeting at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Oct. 2.

(Photo captured from the U.S. Department of Defense's website )

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