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Taiwan signs MOU to build its own submarines

ROC Central News Agency

2017/03/21 14:59:27

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) A Taiwan shipbuilder and a ship designer signed a memorandum of understanding with the country's Navy on Tuesday to jointly build submarines for the military as part of a government effort to develop an independent national defense industry.

The MOU was signed by Navy Commander Huang Shu-kuang (黃曙光), CSBC Corp., Taiwan Chairman Cheng Wen-lon (鄭文龍) and Chang Guan-chung (張冠群), president of the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), at a ceremony in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

The signing was witnessed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who said the construction of submarines is the most challenging aspect of Taiwan's policy to create an independent national defense industry.

The government, however, will exhaust all means and pool its resources to solve any problems associated with building indigenous submarines, she said.

The initiative involves the efforts of not only the Navy, CSBC, and NCSIST, but also the government, the military and relevant industries, Tsai said.

Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) also attended the signing ceremony, which was preceded by the formal send-off of a fleet of Navy vessels on a training mission that will include goodwill visits to some of Taiwan's diplomatic allies.

During the ceremony, Tsai boarded a Hai Hu class submarine in Zuoying Military Harbor to watch a simulation of a torpedo launch.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)
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