Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen inspects the inside of a submarine at the Zuoying naval base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in March last year. The Taiwanese government wants to build eight diesel-electric submarines to bolster its four outdated vessels. Photo: EPA / Taiwan Military News Agency handout

Taiwan’s dream of having its own submarine fleet must yield to a more realistic China defence plan

Emanuele Scimia says quite apart from the forbidding price tag, the problem of technology access and the sheer imbalance in firepower when compared with China’s naval assets are challenges Taipei is unlikely to overcome

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen inspects the inside of a submarine at the Zuoying naval base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in March last year. The Taiwanese government wants to build eight diesel-electric submarines to bolster its four outdated vessels. Photo: EPA / Taiwan Military News Agency handout
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