Thursday, October 8, 2009

Taiwan in talks with Germany over four U- 214 SSK

Taiwan is considering purchasing four German-built submarines that had been rejected by the Greek Navy, a report said Wednesday. According to Next Magazine, Taiwan's military approached Kiel-based shipbuilder Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) for four Class 214s after Athens rejected them for not meeting standard requirements.

"The defence ministry has sent personnel to Germany, who have discussed a deal with the shipbuilder," the popular Taipei-based weekly said, citing an unnamed military source.

Taiwan's defence ministry said it was not aware of the report and would continue negotiations to buy submarines from the United States, the island's leading arms supplier.

Taiwan and mainland China have been governed separately since the end of a 1949 civil war, but Beijing has repeatedly threatened to invade should the island declare formal independence.

Beijing has previously asked the United States to permanently end arm sales to Taiwan. Washington is the island's leading arms supplier, despite switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, who took over from independence-leaning Chen Shui-bian in 2008, had said the island needed to secure defensive weapons from the United States despite warming ties with China.

The Taiwanese navy currently operates a fleet of four submarines, but only two of them, Dutch-built, could be deployed in the event of war. The other two were built by the United States in the 1940s.

6 comments:

'''Beijing has previously asked the United States to permanently end arm sales to Taiwan. '''

China want US to stop selling weapons , because it want to capture Taiwan easily , Very Good .
But it will sell all the weapons to pakistan against india , very nice foreign policy.
This type of Brutal actions of china should be punished - Genghis Khan.

Four words: Not going to happen! ;-)

Two more: Never ever.

I am of course referring to the article, not to the first post here.

NJS just one of those Indians that burn with hatred against Pakistan and China. Keep up the rants and posting negative news inregards to them nations to whip up anger anongst the whites.

Also please note India has no good friends, lol. US sella to Pakistan, Russia sells to China and Israel sells to China too.

Taiwan is purchases more weapons , due to problems from china .
The only best way to save their nation from dragons, is to JOIN IN NATO .

India is the Brutal one in Kashmir. Starving Indians are weak - Ghauri.

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