Taiwan is asking the United States to explain why bogus electronic parts, many from China, have found their way into its military equipment, a defense official said Monday, after a US Senate report found the problem to be widespread.
The ministry has asked the US government about the report and how it will address the problem, Deputy Defense Minister Chao Shih-chang said at a hearing of the Legislature's Foreign and National Defense Committee.
Responding to questions from opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Huang Wei-cher, who expressed concern about the situation because the US is Taiwan's main arms supplier, Chao said the ministry also requested the US to tighten its quality control measures on military equipment destined for Taiwan.
"(The ministry) has not received a response from the US," Chao said.
The findings of China-made counterfeit electronic parts in American-made military equipment raised concerns over the quality and security of weapons systems sold to Taiwan, Huang said.
Meanwhile, Chao said the ministry follows rigorous sourcing policies in making its procurements.
"We have a strict policy not to purchase items and materials made in China," he said.
On May 21, the US Senate Armed Services Committee published a report on counterfeit electronic parts in the country's defense supply chain.
The investigation found that the use of bogus parts was a widespread problem, identifying 1,800 cases of counterfeit electronic parts during 2009 and 2010.
The US committee tracked 100 of the 1,800 cases and traced more than 70% of the suspect parts to China.