Taiwan’s president oversaw the commissioning of a domestically made navy warship yesterday as part of a program to boost indigenous defense capacity amid heightened tensions with Beijing.
Tsai Ing-wen also spoke at a navy base at Su’ao on the island’s east coast, saying the ship “proves that on the path to becoming independent in national defense no matter what difficulties arise we can overcome them one by one.”
The Ta Jiang, dubbed a “carrier killer,” will carry air defense capabilities and anti-ship missiles.
It is the first of six of its kind ordered by the navy.
Tsai has made defense a priority. She has pushed the military aviation industry, and Taiwan is now producing its own submarine.