Countries which have offered to participate in building submarines for Taiwan risk severely damaging relations with China, Beijing has asserted.
Taiwan media last year reported that the United States (US) had approved the Transfer of Technology (ToT) that will allow Taiwan to produce its own submarines.
Enterprises from the US, Europe, Japan and India demonstrated their interest to take part in the project, Xinhuanet reported Tuesday.
Six companies- two from Europe, two from the US, one each from India and Japan have submitted design proposals for the submarines. However, the report did not give any more details of the six companies.
The designs would come up for approval by Taiwanese government in March this year.
"China is firmly opposed to any country to have any military links with Taiwan. China is consistent and clear cut. We urge the US and other relevant countries to fully understand how sensitive and harmful this matter is," Xinhuanet quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying.
She urged these countries to adhere to the one-China principle and not to allow their enterprises to take part in Taiwan's submarine manufacture project in any forms.
"They should prudently and properly handle Taiwan related issues thus avoiding harming of bilateral relations and peace stability across the Taiwan straits," Hua added.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese media reported that as the indigenous submarine program nears the construction phase for its first prototype, China is getting worried and is expressing its unease by issuing warnings to other nations.
Taiwan’s MoD recently stated that it expects to submit a complete timeline for manufacturing, testing, and commissioning of the first prototype vessel to the Legislative Yuan by March.
Construction may even begin by the end of the 2019, with the first vessel expected to be complete by 2025, Taiwan News reported Tuesday.
China is considering setting up new overseas military bases to provide logistical support to Chinese units operating overseas, a senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) strategist said Thursday. “It is possible for China to build new overseas support facilities depending on two factors- the new base should help China better fulfil missions given by the United Nations; Second, it depends on the approval of the nation where the new base will be located,”
A Taiwanese coast guard ship, CG 126 Tainan was used to repel 25 Chinese fishing boats by shooting water jets at them over the last three days for bottom trawling at waters around Penghu, located in Taiwan Strait. On Saturday, the 2000 tonne CG 126 Tainan and an armed patrol vessel were dispatched by the coast guards immediately after a police squad leader observed two of the boats fishing using bottom trawling- a process in which the net dragged across the seafloor scoops up everything in its path – from the targeted fish to incidentally caught, centuries-old corals, Taipei Times reported
The Taiwanese Air Force in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences is studying on how to reverse engineer the General Electric J85 small single-shaft turbojet engines from its decommissioned F-5E/F fighters to reuse them in missiles. Due to the strong engine thrust, it can provide a speed of Mach 1
A tanker belonging to Saudi Arabia, NCC Sama collided with a berthed Knox-class frigate Ning Yang (FF-938) of Taiwanese Navy on March 9 on arrival to Keelung Port, Taiwan. The collision took place when the tanker was maneuvering in harbor to unload 3,000 tons of ethylene glycol, Taiwan News reported Saturday
Taiwans Ministry of National Defense has submitted a request for sale of 66 F-16V Block 70/72 fighter jets from the United States for an approximate $13 billion costing an approximate $70 million to $90 million apiece. Taiwan raised the request in late February this year, the Taipei Report reported quoting unnamed government officials as confirming the proposal
Google has pulled down three-dimensional satellite images of Taiwan from its map service, ‘Google Maps after it exposed the location and structures of Taiwans classified Patriot missile defense base in Xindian district, New Tapei . The company issued a statement last Saturday stating that it has already removed the 3D imaging service of four cities in Taiwan following problems brought about by a recent update to Google Maps
The Taiwanese government has approved the mass production of its upgraded Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missile. It is expected that the mass production will be complete by 2023 and will enter service,
In a move certain to anger the Tibetan refugee community, China has named its newest warship, a 10,000-tonne guided-missile destroyer of the PLA Navy as ‘Lhasa, after the Tibetan capital which was usurped by China in 1950. The warship was recently unveiled in Qingdao, east Chinas Shandong Province
The Chinese Army forces have been halved while the Navy and Air Force has been significantly boosted in an attempt to transform the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) into a comprehensive modern force, Xinhuanet reported on Sunday. The army now accounts for less than 50 per cent of the total number of PLA troops; almost half of the non-combatant units have been made redundant and the number of officers in the PLA has been reduced by 30 per cent, the report stated
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