Tai­wan launches sub­ma­rine project to counter China threat

New Straits Times - - World -

KAOHSIUNG: Tai­wan Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen launched the is­land’s first-ever home-grown sub­ma­rine project yes­ter­day in the face of what the gov­ern­ment says are grow­ing mil­i­tary threats from China.

The move comes af­ter China sent its only air­craft car­rier, the Liaon­ing, through the Tai­wan Strait in Jan­uary, in one of a num­ber of mil­i­tary drills held as re­la­tions de­te­ri­o­rate.

Tai­wan last week warned of an in­creased in­va­sion risk from China and has pledged to boost its mil­i­tary in re­sponse.

Tsai called the launch of the sub­ma­rine plan a “historic mo­ment” at a naval base in the south­ern city of Kaohsiung.

She was pre­sid­ing over a for­mal sign­ing cer­e­mony to ini­ti­ate the project be­tween the navy, Tai­wanese ship­builder CSBS Cor­po­ra­tion and the Na­tional Chung­Shan In­sti­tute of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, which de­vel­ops com­bat sys­tem in­te­gra­tion.

De­liv­ery of the sub­ma­rine is ex­pected

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