Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says the island will build its own submarines to get around China's efforts to prevent it from purchasing such craft from overseas.
Tsai oversaw the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the construction of subs during a visit to the navy's main base in Tsoying, also spelled Zuoying, today.
The craft will be built through a joint venture between the government's Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology and the formerly state-owned CSBC Corp.
The announcement comes weeks after Tsai announced a USD 2.1 billion investment in the production of air force jet trainers to be designed and manufactured on the island.
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