Taiwan is to build 12 new "stealth" warships in reaction to China's naval build-up, the island's navy announced Tuesday.
Taiwanese crew stand on board a Perry-class frigate during a maritime drill off Kaohsiung in 2007. Taiwan has announced that it is to build 12 new "stealth" warships in reaction to China's naval build-up.
Navy Captain Chu Hsu-ming told reporters Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co, a private firm, has been awarded a Tw$890 million ($30.1 million) contract for the construction of the first 500-tonne corvette, with delivery slated for 2014.
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