The new Taiwanese armored vehicle to fight against the invasion of China

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  • The Taiwanese army paraded this week with its last local service vehicles.
  • The CM-34 Clouded Leopard is an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier, loaded with an American-made 30mm Bushmaster chain gun.
  • Earlier this week, China said it would fight to the bitter end to prevent Taiwan independence.

Taiwan’s military marched with its latest locally-made armored vehicle this week amid growing tensions between it and China.

The CM-34 Clouded Leopard is an eight-wheeled vehicle armed with an American-made Mk44 Bushmaster 30mm chain gun, according to Reuters.

The Taiwanese army's latest armored vehicle, the CM-34

Taiwan Army’s Latest Armored Vehicle CM-34 “Clouded Leopard” Demonstrates Driving on Land with Different Slopes and Surfaces in Nantou

REUTERS/Ann Wang


While Taiwan is largely dependent on the United States for its weaponry, six such vehicles are built each month at a Taiwanese arms factory in the remote mountainous region of Jiji, Nantou County, Reuters reports, where journalists were allowed for the first time this week.

More than 170 are already in service and 305 will be built eventually.

The Clouded Leopard is designed for highly mobile, all-weather warfare. has top speed 62 miles per hour. I is named after the now-extinct wildcat that Taiwan natives considered sacred, according to Reuters.

Earlier this week, the Chinese government said it would fight to the bitter end to prevent Taiwanese independence, Wie Fenghe, China’s National Defense Minister, saying: “If anyone dares to secede from Taiwan of China, we will not hesitate to fight. W will fight at all costs. And we will fight until the end.”

A member of the media takes photos of the Taiwanese army's latest homemade armored vehicle, the CM-34

A member of the media takes pictures of the Taiwanese army’s latest homemade armored vehicle, the CM-34 “Clouded Leopard” in Nantou

REUTERS/Ann Wang


President Biden responded that the United States would use military force to defend Taiwan if attacked by China.

“We agree to a one-China policy. We signed it, and all the planned agreements were made from there. B t the idea that, that it can be taken by force , simply taken by force is simply not appropriate,” the president said.

Col. Su Jen-Pao, head of CM-34 development, said Taiwan must become self-sufficient in the decades-old military standoff with China. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine clearly showed that,” he said.according to NHK World-Japan.

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