Taipei--Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry is visiting Taiwan and during his stay will deliver a speech, titled "My Journey at the Nuclear Brink," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Wednesday.
Perry, accompanied by several American scholars, arrived in Taiwan earlier in the day for a four-day visit, the ministry said.
During his stay, Perry, head of the Preventive Defense Project at Stanford University, will exchange opinions with officials on issues concerning Taiwan-U.S relations, and will speak at the ministry's Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs on March 24, according to a MOFA statement.
In the speech, Perry, who served as U.S. secretary of defense from 1994 to 1997 under president Bill Clinton, will discuss his role in molding preventive defense strategies during his service in the U.S. government, the statement said.
During the 1996 missile crisis in the Taiwan Strait, Perry urged Clinton to dispatch two aircraft carriers to patrol waters close to the strait.
The scholars accompanying Perry for the visit include David M. Lampton, director of China Studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Thomas Fingar, a professor in international research at Stanford University.
They also include Jan Berris, vice president of the New York-based National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Deborah Gordon, executive director of the Preventive Defense Project at Stanford University.
Their trip will conclude on March 25, the ministry said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel