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Taiwan adds minelaying ships to defenses against China

Taiwan adds minelaying ships to defenses against China

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, Taiwan placed on Friday on its radar the addition of fresh naval minelayers.

President Tsai Ing-wen has led a commissioning ceremony for the Navy's first and second mining operations squadrons, which will operate ships capable of bringing large quantities of small but powerful mines at high speeds without the need for divers.

These technologies are part of a strategy to prevent any possible invasion from China, owing to its large military, and its vast superiority in aircraft, ships, and other weapons.

On January 14, 2022, Taiwanese sailors arrived in the Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, area. (AP)

Taiwan is claimed by China as its own territory and has intensified its threat to bring it under its control, owing to frequent military exercises and by dispatching fighter jets and other planes to fly near the island.

The initial order of four ships made by Lungteh Shipbuilding is part of a Tsai initiative to expand the domestic arms business and to reduce Taiwan's dependence on, for defensive weapons. Lungteh also produces missile corvettes, patrol boats, and other craft for the Taiwanese armed forces and police, as well as ones for civilian use.

The Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (Chung Shan) has developed a automatic mine-laying system.

Tsai said the ships provided Navy "even more power in protecting our waters" at the ceremony. Their commissioning "demonstrated the fruits of the indigenous defense industry and showed the world our determination to defend our country," she said.

The first mining operations squadron, led by Lt. Hsu Shu-wei, said that the new technology had only a purpose to

Our aim is to deter the enemy from getting on our island, Hsu said.

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