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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Taiwan rejects proposal to buy submarines from Russia

Hai Lung (Zwaardvis) class SSKTaiwan's Ministry of National Defense rejected Wednesday the idea of purchasing submarines from Russia put forward in a local media's opinion article, saying that it has absolutely no plans to do so.

Taiwan still wants the US to sell it submarines and will also continue to proceed with an indigenous submarine program while awaiting a clear response from Washington to Taiwan's request, the ministry said in a statement. "We also welcome any democratic country to cooperate with us in pushing for the local submarine program," it added.

The ministry said that US help with Taiwan's intention to acquire submarines will help the country have more confidence in engaging with China, which would also be in the interests of both Taiwan and the US and would promote stability and peace in the Asia-Pacific region.

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