Taiwan’s submarine program steers into a minefield

Asia Times publisher and former German naval officer Uwe Parpart followed our in-depth feature on the latest revelations about Taiwan’s submarine program with a Q&A on this week’s War Drums newsletter. If you are not already a subscriber, please sign up here.

Tensions across the flashpoint Taiwan Strait continue to simmer and bubble. There is alarmist talk of aggression, a spiral of escalation, invasion, Thucydides’ Trap, US involvement – and possibly, Armageddon.

Amid these tensions, Taipei has every reason to build up a deterrent force. However, most of the world continues to follow Beijing’s One China policy and refuse arms shipments – a situation that is causing Taipei serious headaches as it seeks to make acquisitions on global arms markets. 

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