Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Taiwan navy to put on show of long-range power: Round-the-world voyage by warships is bound to anger Beijing

The Straits Times, Feb 22, 2005

TAIPEI - TAIWAN'S navy plans to embark next month on its first round-the-world voyage, which will include port calls in countries which recognise Beijing, in a display of long-range sea power sure to rile China.

A French-built Lafayette-class frigate, an American-built Perry-class frigate and a logistical support vessel will leave the southern naval base of Tsuoying in mid-March and return in June, the Defence Ministry and the mass-circulation China Times newspaper said yesterday.

The paper said the ships would visit seven countries which have diplomatic ties with Taiwan - Senegal, Gambia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Panama, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Palau.--------------------------

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