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Press release of the Ministry of National Defense

Time: November 17, 2022 at 16:30

In response to media reports concerning the "distribution of souvenirs by Hengchun Township via the Good Neighbor Relationship Fund for public welfare disbursements", Naval Command has issued the following statement today (17th):

1. According to "Working Plan for Good Neighbor Relationships of the Armed Forces By Major Weapons Training Grounds and Oil and Ammunition Depots Affecting the Community", the Good Neighbor Relationship Fund for public welfare disbursements can be used in support of issues such as environmental protection, disease prevention, cleaning public areas such as beaches and mountains, or for villager events and other activities. Any such plan under the Good Neighbor Relationship Fund has to be submitted by the township office, and will only be sponsored after approval by the Service Review Committee.

2. The Hengchun Township Office held a public forum and national defense publicity activities, and distributed souvenirs for the event to local residents in the form of "exchange coupons." On June 16, 2022, the "Local Community affected by Major Weapons Training Grounds" event was agreed to be held following review by members of the Review Committee, and the procedures and scope of the disbursement complied with the Working Plan for Good Neighbor Relationships.

3. While adhering to the principles of "the military and civilians are one family" and "administrative neutrality", the Navy allocates funds for the local community in accordance with the law. It also takes into account local community needs and combat readiness training to protect national security.

Press release of the Ministry of National Defense

Time: November 14, 2022 at 19:40   

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) stated today (14th) that a total of six CCP aircraft sorties and three CCP vessel sorties were detected as at 17:00, and have continued to carry out maneuvers over the sea and air space of the Taiwan Strait. The Armed Forces have adopted mission aircraft, vessels, and shore-based missile systems to closely monitor and respond to the situation.
About MND

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.