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Britain offers the “eyes” of Taiwan’s submarine fleet – China watches with a frown

Britain offers the “eyes” of Taiwan’s submarine fleet – China watches with a frown

The specific goal of Taiwan is to modernize its navy, with the British providing significant assistance to the island nation’s government with spare parts. In Beijing, this is seen as Britain’s undermining of China’s security interests.

The value of licenses issued by the British government to companies to export submarine parts and related technology to Taiwan in the first nine months of 2022 reached a record 167 million pounds ($201.29 million), according to Reuters, based on the British government’s export licenses. data.

The news agency wrote in its analysis:

This is more than the previous six years combined.

As is known, Beijing considers Taiwan to be part of China under the so-called “One China Policy”, and thus opposes outside interference to promote the island’s independence.

China’s foreign ministry responded to the export data provided by Reuters.

“If true, it is a serious violation of the one-China principle, undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests, and undermines peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

“China is very interested in this matter and strongly opposes it.” The written statement that called on Britain to Refrain from providing military support to the Taiwanese authorities..

Britain, like the United States, does not recognize Taiwan and has no formal diplomatic relations with the island, but it does maintain economic and trade ties and a de facto British embassy in Taipei.

A British government spokesperson said in a statement that Britain had long been “Exports of controlled goods to Taiwan are authorized on a case-by-case basis, as long as the applications comply with the rules governing the export of arms and dual-use items.”

The lawmakers and former officials familiar with export affairs, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the permits reflected Britain’s growing desire to support Taiwan.

One lawmaker said allowing the export licenses gave a “green light” to better equip Taiwan.

Taiwan announced in 2017 that it would begin building a fleet of submarines, with Taipei aiming to test the first prototype by September and complete the first of eight planned ships by 2025.

hirado.hu previously wrote that according to the announcement of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the UK government will spend an additional 5 billion pounds on the development of a nuclear-armed submarine fleet and arms support to Ukraine. Strong spending on armaments is justified by the fact that China poses an “era” challenge to the security of the Pacific region.

The featured image is an illustration (Photo: MTI/EPA/Jiji Press).

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