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Press release of the Ministry of National Defense

Time: February 19, 2024 at 19:00

     The Ministry of National Defense (MND) stated that as of 16:00 today (19th), it had detected 17 sorties of various primary and auxiliary CCP aircraft, including J-10s, Y-8s, and UAVs engaged in sea-faring activities, 11 of which crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and extended into our northern, central, and southwest airspace to engage with CCP warships conducting joint combat readiness and patrols. The Armed Forces adopted combined intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance measures to uphold strict vigilance, and dispatched mission aircraft, warships, and shore-based missile systems to respond accordingly.

Press release of the Ministry of National Defense

Time: February 18, 2024 at 09:30

In response to media reports about "informed sources," some of the balloons from communist China that recently harassed the Taiwan Strait detected by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) were released from CCP warships. The MND stated today (18th) that the Armed Forces have conducted meticulous control and supervision around our air defense identification zone with regard to airborne balloons, and notified the Civil Aviation Administration to alert aircraft to be mindful of such objects. As such, there was never such an incident as claimed by the media that high-altitude balloons were by CCP warships.

  The MND stated that any enemy threats that endanger the security of our national defense will be included for study and analysis, and will be dealt with appropriately. As such, the media are urged to verify the facts to avoid misleading the public.
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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.