>> All aboard one of Taiwan's four aging submarines. Tsai Ing-wen getting the grand tour of her country's 50-year-old fleet on Tuesday. The president pledging the self-ruled island will start making its own subs, as it eyes up new equipment from the US to counter China's growing military threat. But as Reuters J.R. Wu explains, her optimism is tainted with concern.
>> The president has said she is determined to resolve and fix this problem of not being able to make major defense wares for itself in her administration, the US is obligated to help Taiwan defend itself under a US law called the Taiwan Relations Act. The concern in Taipei is that the US will weaken its support for Taiwan if it is pressured hard enough by Beijing.
>> The US is Taiwan's sole arms supplier and its only major political ally. The sale of weapons to Taipei has repeatedly made blood boil in Beijing, and any new arms package is sure to further infuriate the Chinese. Next month's meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping has got the Taiwanese government fretting, particularly given Trump has agreed to honor the One China policy.
>> Taiwan is nervous that a meeting between the United States' Trump and China's Xi could sacrifice its interest. Taiwan's China affairs chief has urged both the US and China to not use Taiwan as a chess piece.>> Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has never ruled out the use of force to take it back.
According to Taipei, there are more than 1,000 Chinese missiles pointing directly at the island, only reinforcing Tsai's resolve to show that her homeland can defend itself in the shadow of a rising giant.