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Taiwan building first domestically produced submarines

Christian Fernsby |
Years in the making, Taiwan on Tuesday officially began work on its first domestically produced submarine in an effort to beef up its coastal defences against any invasion from China.

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The first submarine is expected to be completed by 2024.

The submarines are the latest initiative by President Tsai Ing wen to reorient the island’s defence policy towards preventing an invasion rather than focusing on the aftermath.

Her administration’s military shopping list reflects the change, and includes the purchase of missiles and drones from the US over traditional buys such as tanks and destroyers, said Michael Mazza, a visiting fellow in foreign and defence policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

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