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Taiwan rearms itself to maintain balance

Tsai Ing-wen in April at the commissioning of an amphibious transport landing ship. Taiwan’s president is currently attending many such appointments.

The “carrier killer” is a domestic product built at the Taiwanese shipyard Lung Teh Shipbuilding. That’s reason enough for president Tsai Ing-wen to travel to the small port city of Su’ao on the island’s east coast for the commissioning of the new warship and give a short speech on her country’s defense capabilities. “We are well on our way to becoming independent in the field of national defense,” news agencies quote the president as saying. Those are strong words. The general perception is that Taiwan’s security depends mainly on U.S. protection. But Tsai now wants to at least significantly strengthen independence.

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