- The island plans to construct eight vessels – a figure dwarfed by China’s current fleet of 60 subs
- Supporters of the project say they can still help stop invasion from the Chinese mainland under the asymmetric warfare strategy
South China Morning Post
Date: 29 Nov, 2020
By: Lawrence Chung
But some analysts say that no matter how big the People’s Liberation Army’s submarine fleet is, the self-ruled island needs the eight subs it is planning to build as part of its asymmetric warfare strategy to defend against any attack.
Taiwan’s CSBC Shipbuilding was awarded the NT$49.5 billion (US$1.7 billion) contract to build the first submarine after Taiwan was unable to find a foreign supplier.
Beijing has repeatedly warned other countries not to sell arms to Taiwan, which it considers to be part of its territory to be brought back under mainland control – by force if necessary.