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Submarine procurement plan not dropped

Submarine procurement plan not dropped

The military has not dropped its plan to procure submarines to help beef up Taiwan's self-defense capability, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement yesterday.
The ministry was responding to a United Daily News report that quoted unidentified military sources as saying the day before that Taiwan has substantively dropped its plan to purchase submarines from the United States, a move the sources said would intangibly help mend a rift in U.S.-China relations.
The ministry insisted, however, that the report is not true. Stressing that submarines are indispensible to realize a strategy of "resolute defense and effective deterrence, " the military has for years put submarines on its priority procurement list, the statement said.