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In response to media reports that "The National Security Council intervened with the authority of the commander-in-chief," the Ministry of National Defense (MND) stated today (28th) that such reports are inaccurate and clarifies as follows:

1. According to our national defense system, the President enjoys command over the army, navy and air force of the entire country. Since the President is the commander-in-chief of the three armed forces, the President exercises authority as the commander-in-chief and instructs the Minister of National Defense, who subsequently orders the Chief of General Staff to execute commands. To action major national defense policies in relation to national security, or to manage major national defense emergencies, the President may convene a national security meeting.

2. Both the National Security Council and the MND are important members of the national security team. Given the context of "One team, One goal", both the National Security Council and the MND strive to collaborate to enhance national defense capabilities and strengthen national security. As such, there is never such a situation of anyone "intervening with the authority of the commander-in-chief" so this statement is misleading.

3. The MND calls on the media exercise their best efforts to verify the facts prior to publishing reports so as not to mislead the public.

Press release of the Ministry of National Defense

Time: June 27, 2022 at 14:00   

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) released today (27th) the promotions of a total of 25 servicemen of the Armed Forces in the first half of 2022. Those promoted to Lieutenant General are Lin Wen-siang, Chang Tai-song, Liu Ching-bin, Wang De-yang, Yan You-sian, and Liu Hsiao-tang, and 19 are promoted to Major General: Lee You-jin, Chang Rong-shun, Wen Nian-tsong, Tsai Hui-yi, Lai Wen-chin, Lin Chu-dian, Gong Chuan-yu, Wang Cheng-yi, You Sin-kui, Tai Chian-you, Wei Hsiao-chi, Chuang Hong-wen, Chuang Min-dian, Hsiao Ren-jin, Tian Chung-yi, Lin Cheng-chong, Jiang Yi-siu, Huang Ying-jie, and Sun Li-fang.

The promotion ceremony will be held at 9:30 am on June 28 (Tuesday) at the Welcome Hall of the Boai Building of the MND for servicemen from the army, navy and air force who were decorated as Generals of the Republic of China in the first half of 2011. The President is cordially invited to the event to motivate and boost the morale of the Armed Forces.
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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.