Defense News
109/05/24

In response to media reports about a "major anchor continuing with unethical affair," the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said today (24) that relevant personnel will be severely punished according to the violations of the "Implementation Regulations of Upholding Military Discipline of the Armed Forces."

The MND pointed out that Hsieh's wife and the police had already seized evidence of intimate contact and association between the two individuals at the end of last year. After the MND was informed of the incident, based on the principle of "not unjustly wronged nor releasing unpunished" for severe disciplinary penalties, each of them was given one major de-merit, and the officer with the surname Hsieh was transferred from his current post. Last week, when another complaint was filed by Hsieh's wife, the MND and the Army completed the preliminary interview and investigation at the same time, and the human resources assessment meeting will be convened next week to determine what punishment is to be rendered.

The MND emphasized that Hsieh and Lin remain in defiance of repentance after being given the severe punishment and expresses deep regret for their behavior. Furthermore, the MND emphasizes that it will continue to strengthen education for officers and soldiers on laws and regulations and requests that all military personnel strictly observe social standing between men and women in order to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
109/05/24

In response to the media’s report today (24) that “anyone who receives a discharge pension and then holds public office is suspended from having a favorable interest rate for deposits,” the Ministry of National Defense (MND) stated the following:

1. This case was initiated and placed under investigation by the Control Yuan, which put forth corrections on April 23, 2020, requesting the MND to review servicemen discharged from the military who then held public office again after collecting their discharge pension in a lump sum. In view of such legal interpretations made on September 18, 2018, which did not suspend a favorable interest rate on deposits, the Yuan has found it necessary to base practice on the spirit of government pension reform, as well as the resolution intention by the Legislative Yuan in past years that restricts “dual remuneration” for amelioration. Furthermore, the interpretation of documents from this Yuan is conducted according to the text stated in the related provisions of the Army, Navy, Air-Force Officer and Non-commissioned Officer Regulations of Service for re-appointment, and would hereby clarify that it has not, in whatsoever means, worked to provide any privilege to specific personnel.

2. After the pension reform of July 2018, the MND has focused on those who collect retirement pensions and accept re-appointment with a scenario stipulated in Article 34 of the Service Regulations, and, according to law, these individuals have been stopped from processing retirement pensions and favorable interest rates of deposits. Moreover, individuals who only collect their discharge pension in a lump sum and receive re-appointment (without retirement pension) should also be suspended from the fitting measure of favorable interest rates of deposits based on the investigation and correction by the Control Yuan.

3. Based on the corrective opinions of the Control Yuan, the MND has thus stopped processing the aforementioned favorable interest rate of deposits, and any official documents produced are sent to the Veterans Affairs and other relevant agencies to cooperate with the Control Yuan and conform to the stipulations of the Supervision Law and its Enforcement Rules.
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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 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

Words from the Minister

The various and complicated affairs of national defense are closely correlated with the safety of our people’s lives and properties. I, De-Fa, am honored to take over the office of Ministry of National Defense today, 26th of February, and I deeply feel that I have great responsibility. Thanks to the outstanding leadership of the former Minister Feng, all kinds of reforms of national defense have been well established. Moreover, our officers and soldiers are devoted to the government and strongly maintain at their position. Especially in the rescue work The various and complicated affairs of national defense are closely correlated with the safety of our people’s lives and properties. I, De-Fa, am honored to take over the office of Ministry of National Defense today, 26th of February, and I deeply feel that I have great responsibility. Thanks to the outstanding leadership of the former Minister Feng, all kinds of reforms of national defense have been well established. Moreover, our officers and soldiers are devoted to the government and strongly maintain at their position. Especially in the rescue work