In order to boost its military capabilities and readiness in the South China sea against the Chinese expansionist agendas and invasion threats, Taiwan plans to deploy a fleet of domestic submarines that it started manufacturing domestically.
Construction of at least 8 new states of the art submarines began last month in the face of China’s intimidation and belligerence to overcome future possible threats of PLA’s naval blockade attempts in the Pacific.
At the ‘Made in Taiwan’ submarine program ceremony held at a shipyard in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan was “more determined than ever to continue developing our self-defense industries and safeguard our sovereignty and democracy.”
Further, in an online statement, she thanked those involved in the manufacture for overcoming “all obstacles, erasing all doubts and beginning domestic production.” Furthermore, Tsai Ing-wen stated that the submarines which will go on trials in the Pacific by 2025 are a “historic milestone which demonstrates Taiwan’s strong will to the world.”
Additionally, Taiwan’s leader launched Ta-Chiang and the new Tuo-Chiang class corvette vessels with ROC naval forces aimed at beefing the military presence in the Pacific.
“These vessels demonstrate the capabilities of our defense industry in R&D as well as supplying our defense needs,” the ministry of National Defense ROC said in a tweet.