Firm push for U.S Contract For Submarines (16
Taiwan-run China Shipbuilding Corp (CSBC) hopes
to ink contracts to build and assemble components of the eight
submarines that the United States had promised to sell to Taiwan.
Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence is undergoing
discussions with the United States regarding the amount of responsibility
that CSBC will undertake on the construction of the submarines.
In April 2001, the United States agreed to offer
Taiwan an arms sales package and the eight diesel-powered submarines
are part of this package. There have been doubts on the use of
diesel power as the US have not been involved in manufacturing
diesel submarines for about 50 years and newer technologies are
Taiwan legislators hope to see the CSBC clinch the
contract to build parts of the submarines. CSBC has experience
in developing high compression-resistant hulls for submarines
since starting a research and development program 16 months back.