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Press release from the Ministry of National Defense

Date and Time: October 26, 2023, at 18:30

     The Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced that the formation group of the CCP Shandong aircraft carrier successfully passed through the Bashi Strait and entered the Western Pacific today, the 26th of October. In response to this development, the Armed Forces have implemented comprehensive joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance measures to closely monitor trends and developments in the surrounding maritime and airspace and have deployed appropriate troops to monitor and handle the situation.

Press Release from the Ministry of National Defense

Date and Time: October 26, 2023, at 10:00


     The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reported that, since this morning, the 26th, various types of CCP aircraft, including H-6, KJ-500, J-10, J-11, J-16, JH-7, Y-8, Y-9, and other UAVs, have been successively detected engaging in sea-faring activities. Notably, 15 of these sorties crossed the median line and its extension into the northern, central, and southwestern airspace of Taiwan, engaging in joint combat readiness and patrols with CCP warships. In response to this, the Armed Forces have implemented joint intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance measures, to closely monitor the situation. Mission aircraft, ships, and shore-based missile systems have been deployed to appropriately address and handle the ongoing activities.
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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.