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Taiwan denies report of visits to Europe for submarine development

ROC Central News Agency

2012/03/19 20:30:54

Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Navy officials said Monday that Taiwan is still seeking to obtain submarines from the United States and denied a local newspaper report that naval officials have secretly visited Europe to discuss matters related to the idea of Taiwan developing its own submarines.

The Chinese-language United Daily News reported earlier in the day that the Navy has since 2010 been leading delegations to various European countries such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as Russia, to seek technologies and contractors for developing submarines.

However, a Navy statement described the report as "not true," adding that Taiwan remains committed to its policy of acquiring diesel-electric submarines from the U.S.

In 2001, the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush offered to provide eight of the subs, which the U.S. no longer manufactures. To date, no significant progress on the sale has been made.

There have been reports in recent weeks that other countries have offered to sell Taiwan submarines or help it build its own.

The Navy has consistently denied the reports.

(By Elaine Hou)

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