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The Taipei government has kept all specifications and images of its homemade submarine, represented here by an artist's impression, under strict lock and key. That changes at the end of this month.   © Illustration by Yoshiko Kawano
Asia Insight

Taiwan submarine dream surfaces as China tensions rise

Taipei to unveil island-made sub despite years of Beijing pressure on suppliers

THOMPSON CHAU, Contributing writer | Taiwan

TAIPEI -- By the start of next month, Taiwan's long-secretive plans to make its own submarines will become known to the world with the first public appearance of a vessel in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

What still won't be known after the scheduled debut, assuming early tests are successful: whether the multibillion-dollar program, some seven years in the making, will prove a powerful deterrent to Chinese aggression.

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