Former U.S.-Taiwan Business Council chair dies

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Frank C. Carlucci
(Photo courtesy of U.S.-Taiwan Business Council)

Frank C. Carlucci (Photo courtesy of U.S.-Taiwan Business Council)

Washington, June 5 (CNA) Frank C. Carlucci, a former chairman of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, died at 87 at his home in McLean, Virginia, on Sunday, the business group said Tuesday.

According to the council, Carlucci served as chairman of the group from 1999 to 2003 and visited Taiwan many times to meet with Taiwan government officials and business executives and strengthen business ties between the two countries.

In addition, Carlucci served as the host of the first U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in 2002, according to the council.

In a statement, Council Chairman Emeritus Paul Wolfowitz praised Carlucci for his achievements during his tenure as the chairman of the business group to push for better business relations between Taiwan and the United States.

"His belief in the importance of Taiwan's success as a democracy for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific led him to donate his time in the Business Council as its chairman for four important years," Wolfowitz said.

"He (Carlucci) was enormously proud of the success the Taiwan people have achieved and the Council is deeply grateful for his service," Wolfowitz said.

In a separate statement, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called Carlucci "a transformative leader" as defense secretary late in the administration of President Ronald Reagan as the end of the Cold War approached.

"He changed the way the department worked with Congress, and managed critical defense issues, such as procuring major weapon systems, and rebalancing military priorities and resources under dynamic and challenging geopolitical circumstances," Mattis said.

Carlucci, who served in the U.S. Navy in the 1950s, started his service in the U.S. government during the administration of President Richard Nixon.

He was appointed by President Gerald Ford as ambassador to Portugal in the mid-1970s before serving as the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Jimmy Carter administration.

Later, Carlucci was secretary of defense and national security advisor under Ronald Reagan.

(By Rita Cheng and Frances Huang)

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