Mon, Aug 20, 2007 - Page 3 News List

US officials confirm diesel submarine sale will go ahead

By Nadia Tsao  /  Staff Reporter in Washington

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Shuai Hua-min (帥化民) said on Saturday US officials have told a delegation of Taiwanese legislators that Washington will go ahead with the sale of diesel-powered submarines to Taiwan even if the Democrats win next year's US presidential election.

The delegation was also told that four US companies that intend to participate in the bid have found European manufacturers to cooperate with, Shuai said.

In a visit arranged by the Ministry of Defense, Shuai, KMT Legislator Su Chi (蘇起), and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Mark Ho (何敏豪) arrived in Washington on Wednesday.

The delegation also visited companies that intend to participate in the bid for the diesel-powered submarines.

Shuai said his first priority in discussions with US officials was to ascertain whether the sale would go ahead even if the Democrats won next year's presidential election. Both military and state department officials said there was not a great possibility there would be any change of policy, Shuai said.

His second priority was to confirm that there would be no reductions in the arms systems sold, he said. US officials said this would depend on the state of cross-strait relations.

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