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Countermeasures for Taiwanese frigates trigger Chinese unease

23rd June 2020 - 13:00 GMT | by Thomas Withington in Toulouse


Not for the first time, controversy dogs the six Kang Ding-class frigates bought by Taiwan in the 1990s, as China continues to apply pressure on the besieged island nation.

The vessels (built in France and related in design to the La Fayette class) were commissioned into service with the Republic of China Navy (ROCN) from 1996 to 1998, but the deal caused a political storm in France where the deal was marred by allegations of irregularities during negotiations for their purchase.

Now, the frigates are in the spotlight once again after the Chinese government protested about plans

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Thomas Withington


Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington is an award-winning analyst and writer specialising in electronic warfare, radar and military …

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