The Taiwanese navy’s latest prize asset is a twin-hulled, stealthy missile corvette that carries powerful anti-ship missiles and can hit a top speed of 70 kilometers an hour. The ship, the first of a possible 12 under construction, was delivered this weekend.Taiwanese media call it a carrier killer. Its missiles, stealth technology, and speed make it a strong asset to counter China’s growing navy, especially its new and future aircraft carriers. The first one, christened the Tuo River, will undergo final tests ahead of a planned 2015 deployment.Taiwan’s carrier killer is the latest sign of an escalating arms race in East Asia, one heavily focused on navies. China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, even India—all are racing to set up the most formidable and fastest navy, the best anti-ship missiles, the stealthiest aircraft. The seas of East Asia are getting crowded. Japan plans to deploy an amphibious defense unit to some of its farflung islands, like the Senkakus, which China and Taiwan claim but Japan controls and which lie only 170 kilometers from Taiwan.
Game of ThronesTaiwan Gets "Carrier Killer" as Asian Arms Race Escalates