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110/12/27

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) stated today (27th) that generals of the Armed Forces will be promoted as normal on January 1, 2022. As decided and approved by the president, Major General Liao Chien-hsing and four other individuals are to be promoted to Lieutenant General, whereas 19 individuals, including Colonel Tan Yung, will be promoted to Major General. Promotions shall take effect on January 1, 2022.

The MND have confirmed that the four individuals to be promoted to lieutenant general are Liao Chien-hsing, Chen Chien-i, Hsu Chin-teng, and Lu Chien-chung. The 19 to be promoted to major general are Tan Yung, Liang Yung-kun, Chang Wei-chao, Lu Shih-cheng, Wang Hsiu-chih, He Chih-hao, Kuo Kun-ming, Wu Kuo-liang, Wu Chien-hui, Lin He-chin, Li Yung-kang, Wu Tien-jen, Kao Chih-hsiung, Yuan Sheng-hua, Wu Hsing-hsien, Pan Tung-chu, Hsieh Ching-yuan, Chin Teng-fu, Cheng Wen-hsien.

The MND further stated that the promotion ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. on December 28 (Tuesday) at the Welcome Hall of the Bo'ai Building of the Ministry. The event will be presided over by Minister Chiu. The usual group photo shoot and sharing of congratulations by the President to generals on their promotions will be cancelled due to the epidemic. The MND will instead invite families of officials who received a promotion in the second half of 2021 to attend the ceremony. The President is cordially invited to speak in person to encourage and inspire the Armed Forces.

 
110/12/22

In response to media reports that "fraud and malpractice were shockingly unveiled in an locally made submarine project, and the beacon of torpedoes may end up being money spent in vain", Navy Command stated today (22nd) that the media reports are not factual and clarifies as follows:

1. The construction of locally made submarines is arduous, and the procurement process for equipment involves countries that manufacture submarine equipment. In case of any changes to the situation, the Navy retains flexibly and adapts its acquisition strategy. The current situation has been handled as such and all parts of the project are currently being carried out as scheduled.

2. Under the strict supervision of the Navy, the procurement of equipment by Taiwan International Shipbuilding Corporation is handled in accordance with contracts. As for manufacturers that cannot honor the terms of their commission and are found in breach of contract, such agreements are terminated and advance payment has been fully recovered. Therefore, there is no such waste of public funding as claimed by the media.

3. This project has been implemented based the schedule of the Navy in accordance with the law and contracts, and it will, under the supervision of Legislative and Control Yuan, complete locally made submarines and asks for the support of our nationals in this endeavor.
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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