Otago Daily Times

Tai­wan to build subs

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Taipei: Tai­wan will start work next week to build the first of eight new do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped sub­marines, it said yes­ter­day, a long­mooted project to strengthen the is­land’s de­fences in the face of China’s rapidly modernisin­g mil­i­tary.

Demo­crat­i­cally run Tai­wan, which China claims as its own ter­ri­tory, now has four sub­marines, two dat­ing to World War 2, and no match for China’s fleet, which in­cludes ves­sels able to launch nu­clear weapons.

The first of the sub­marines is ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice in late 2024.

In a state­ment, Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice spokesman Xavier Chang said the pro­gramme was a ma­jor part of Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing­wen’s mil­i­tary mod­erni­sa­tion and self­suf­fi­ciency plan. — Reuters

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