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Taiwan Expects a Wait before Acquiring US Submarine Technology

Taiwan expects a slow absorption of U.S. military submarine technology due to technical barriers and opposition from its chief rival China, despite Washington’s agreement this month to let American contractors pass on the sensitive information. In early April, the U.S. Department of State agreed to grant marketing licenses to American defense contractors that offer Taiwan the technology, military officials in Taipei say. Taiwan plans to develop its own conventional submarine. Washington had prohibited those transfers before because of the information’s sensitivity, military scholars in Taiwan say. “This is the very first step. Contractors can openly discuss these issues with their contractors in Taiwan,” said Andrew Yang, secretary-general of the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies in Taiwan. “However, we still don't know how much can be approached.” Obstacles in China China protested to the United States April 11 over its agreeing to licensing of submarine technology, with a foreign ministry...

 

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