Taiwan to build homegrown submarine amid tensions with China

President Tsai Ing-wen| Image via UB.life website
  • Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announce that they will strengthen Taiwan’s military force to counter growing military threats in South China Sea
  • Taiwan is hoping to build its first homegrown submarines within eight years and commission them into service within a decade

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announced Tuesday that they will upgrade Taiwan’s military capabilities in a bid to counter China’s growing military threats.

The nation is hoping to build its first homegrown submarines within eight years and commission them into service within a decade.

“Strengthening underwater combat capabilities is most needed in Taiwan’s defence,” Tsai said during a tour of a submarine at the southern naval port of Zuoying, about 350 kilometres (218 miles) from the capital, Taipei.

“This is a problem everyone recognizes,” she added. “We have been unable to solve this in the past. As commander of the armed forces, I am determined to solve this problem.”

The comments come as tensions between Taiwan and China escalated after Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea.

Taiwan will have to rely heavily on foreign technology to build an advanced submarine, as they never built something like this before, defense experts said.

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