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On Monday, Taiwanese authorities announced an investigation into potential interference and information leaks concerning the island’s submarine program.
Huang Shu-kuang, the head of the program, alerted local media last week, revealing unidentified lawmakers had obstructed the procurement of crucial equipment. Furthermore, he claimed a contractor, unsuccessful in securing a bid, divulged information to China.
Responding to these allegations, Taiwan’s Supreme Prosecutors Office emphasized the significant national defense and security implications. In their statement, they mentioned their directives for prosecutors to “investigate the case as soon as possible in order to safeguard national security” without providing additional details or naming individuals.
The drive for a homegrown submarine is integral to Taiwan’s broader goal of updating its military capabilities. This comes after Taiwan recently revealed its inaugural domestically produced submarine, which aims to enhance its defense against the Chinese navy. However, its official service launch is slated for two years from now.