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Air Force Command stated today (14th) that Corporal Chan from the Tainan base accidentally fell from a trailer at 20:25 while moving ground equipment, and was sadly run over by a rear power supply vehicle. He was sent to hospital for emergency treatment by the unit, but unfortunately was declared dead. Air Force Command expresses its deep regrets that this incident occurred and is extremely saddened for the loss of life. Aside from working with the prosecutors and police to collect evidence and carry out legal and disciplinary investigations, Command will also fully assist the victim's family members through this difficult time. Command will carry out a comprehensive review of this case, and improve work processes to prevent similar cases from recurring. 

Press release of Matsu Defense Command
Time: May 13, 2023 at 19:15 

Matsu Defense Command stated that when the Juguang Garrison Battalion under its command was carrying out an inspection this evening (13th) it located the remains of a balloon on the road outside the camp. On the remains is inscribed in simplified Chinese characters "Shanghai Chang Wang Meteorological Technology Company Limited" and "GTS12 digital electronic radiosonde."

Matsu Defense Command pointed out that the remains were initially identified as a meteorological detection instrument, and have been retained by the relevant department for further identification and examination. Command has also required all levels of unit to strengthen camp patrols, and continue to use intelligence surveillance and investigation measures to stay abreast of situations and developments in surrounding areas.

Spokesman for Matsu Defense Command
Major General Gong Chiong-yu
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The ROC Constitution stipulates that the ROC national defense aims to defend the nation's security and safeguard world peace. Under this, the nation's defense concepts, military strategies, military buildup, and objectives are formulated to prevent conflict. The current international situation and changes to the possible threat to the ROC are also taken into consideration in the making of defense policies at the current stage. The basic objectives are "preventing war," "defending the homeland," and "countering terrorism and responding to contingencies." The higher strategic goal is "effective deterrence, resolute defense" with the establishment of a quality self-defensive force capable of counterattack. China, though calling for reunification, has never renounced the use of force against Taiwan. It has not only deployed an increasing number of ballistic missiles aimed at Taiwan but also staged large-scale military exercises with an overt saber-rattling intent to destabilize Taiwan politically and economically. Moreover, its robust economic expansion in recent years has fueled its defense spending for greater military muscle. In order to maintain Cross-Strait stability and avoid a military imbalance in the Taiwan Strait, the ROC government is calling for the establishment of confidence-building measures (CBMs) and a code of conduct on the one hand, and, on the other hand, has been constructing basic defense forces and counterattack capability to safeguard the territory without engaging in an arms race with the other side.