Bid to Sell German Subs
to Taiwan (12 Oct 2002)
US defence technology group Northrop Grumann intends
to sell submarines made by its German partner Howaldtswerke Deutsche
Werft AG (HDW) to Taiwan.
It is talks with the German government about possible
ways of allowing that under Germany's strict export regulations.
Talks are on with the German government to try and establish the
circumstances under which such exports would be allowed. If the
german government does not give its approval, other alternatives
may exist inside and outside Europe.
At present, the German government bans exports of
weapons to Taiwan so as not to jeopardize its relationship with