Taiwan plans to buy two warships from US: Lawmaker
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan plans to purchase two warships from the United States as part of its efforts to modernise its forces against a perceived military threat from China, a lawmaker said on Friday.
The defence ministry has listed NT$5.6 billion (S$238 million) in its 2014 and 2015 budgets to buy two Perry-class frigates from the US navy, said lawmaker Lin Yu-fang, citing defence budgets submitted to the parliament.
The ministry aimed to buy two rather than four Perry-class frigates as previously reported by the media to replace some of its Knox-class frigates that were retired, the lawmaker said.
Ties between Taiwan and its former rival China have improved markedly since Mr Ma Ying-jeou became the island's president in 2008 on a China-friendly platform. He was elected for a second term last year.