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Taiwan preparing to build submarines on its own: official

Taiwan preparing to build submarines on its own: official

Williamsburg, Virginia Oct. 6 (CNA) After waiting in vain to purchase submarines from the U.S., Taiwan has begun preparing to build vessels on its own, Taiwan's Deputy Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said here Monday. Chiu, who led a Taipei delegation to the U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference 2014, said that in addition to acquiring submarines from abroad, Taiwan is aggressively developing defensive weapons on its own and was preparing to build its own submarines. The deputy minister also urged Washington to continue providing Taiwan with the technology and weapons it needs to defend itself, especially advance fighter jets and diesel-electric submarines. The matter is extremely urgent, Chiu said, because of China's aggressive military build-up in the air and at sea, he said, noting that China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has completed its first round of sea training, and its missile forces have improved the mobility and accuracy of their tactical missiles. The conference, which opened in Williamsburg on Monday, will last until Wednesday. The U.S. delegation, led by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Todd Chapman, also included American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Ramond Burghardt and AIT Managing Director Joseph Donovan. (By Tony Liao and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-05-08 08:47 GMT+08:00