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Taiwan Plans to Build New Warships to Counter China’s Pressure

Taiwanese navy launches a missile from a frigate during the annual Han Kuang Drill, in July.
Taiwanese navy launches a missile from a frigate during the annual Han Kuang Drill, in July.Photographer: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

Taiwan’s navy plans to update its aging fleet of warships, a move intended to counter ramped up military pressure from China.

Taiwan intends to build a new anti-submarine frigate and a similar vessel with anti-aircraft capabilities, officials from the Defense Ministry told lawmakers in Taipei on Wednesday, adding the vessels were expected to be ready by 2025 and 2026.