Taiwan announces plan to build own submarines

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, left, waves from a Zwaardvis-class submarine during a visit at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung, southe

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen boards Panshi Fast Combat Support Ship during a visit at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiw

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen boards Panshi Fast Combat Support Ship during a visit at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiw

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen thumbs up and takes photo with soldiers during a visit at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung, southern Tai

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, center, along with Defense Minister Feng Shihkuan, right, and Secretary-General of National Security C

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, left, waves from a Zwaardvis-class submarine during a visit at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung, southe

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during a visit at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Tuesday, March 21

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says the island will build its own submarines to get around China's efforts to prevent it from purchasing such craft from overseas.

Tsai oversaw the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the construction of subs during a visit to the navy's main base in Tsoying, also spelled Zuoying, on Tuesday.

The craft will be built through a joint venture between the government's Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology and the formerly state-owned CSBC Corp.

The announcement comes weeks after Tsai announced a $2.1 billion investment in the production of air force jet trainers to be designed and manufactured on the island.

China has successfully used its diplomatic and economic clout to prevent many overseas military purchases by Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory.