April 2, 2015 – “Taiwan is Building Attack Submarines” (Medium, War is Boring)

“Locked in an an undersea arms race with China, Taiwan has decided to build its first domestically-produced attack submarines. For two reasons. The first is that Taiwan’s ancient submarines, half of which are 70 years old, are a better fit for a museum than defending the island nation from a Chinese invasion. Secondly, Taiwan has never built submarines before, and it would rather buy them abroad. But the country has spent decades fruitlessly searching for someone — anyone — willing to sell it submarines. No country wants to cross China and its potent economic leverage…”