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DPP to unveil plan for indigenous submarine
Central News Agency
2014-03-02 08:45 PM
Taipei, March 2 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will unveil the fifth chapter of its defense policy blue paper March 4, including a detailed plan for indigenous submarines, officials of a party think tank said Sunday. The New Frontier Foundation recently completed a report on the military threat China will pose to Taiwan in 2025, along with the party's defense policy for the next decade, the officials said. York Chen, convener of the foundation's Defense Policy Advisory Committee and an assistant professor at Tamkang University's Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, said the DPP's defense policy is not about an arms race with China. The DPP plans to adopt an innovative approach to counter the impact of the rapid growth of China's military strength, he said. Besides purchasing from other countries, Chen said, the DPP plans to develop indigenously produced weapons, including submarines. Chen noted that the DPP proposed indigenous submarines when the party published the first four chapters of its blue paper in June last year, and said the fifth chapter will show the public how the proposal would be carried out. However, ruling Kuomintang Legislator Lin Yu-fang said the same day Taiwan has already initiated a plan for indigenous submarines. The Ministry of National Defense earmarked NT$140 million (US$4.61 million) to evaluate the possibility of indigenous submarines under former Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu after he proposed the idea, Lin said.

Taiwan currently has two submarines in service, both purchased from the Netherlands, with another two previously operated by the U.S. Navy and now used mainly for training, according to the ministry's website. (By Claudia Liu and Kay Liu)

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