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2024/05/13

Press release of the Ministry of National Defense

Time: April 27, 2024 at 12:10

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) stated that as of 09:30 today (27th), it had detected 22 sorties of primary and auxiliary CCP aircraft, including Cy-30MMKs, KJ-500s, UAVs, and others engaged in sea-faring activities, 12 sorties of which crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, and entered our northern and central airspace to engage with CCP warships conducting combined combat readiness and patrols. The Armed Forces adopted joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance measures to uphold strict vigilance, and dispatched mission aircraft, warships, and shore-based missile systems to respond accordingly.
2024/05/10

Press release of Army Education, Training, and Doctrine Development Command

Time: May 10, 2024 at 19:20

In response to media reports that "a video of a drunken soldier doing hip-hop on the street was uploaded to TikTok", the Army Education, Training, and Doctrine Development Command stated today (10th) that following an investigation, the serviceman indeed had completed military training at the Special Airborne Training Center, but was suspended from service in February this year (2024). To clarify the case, the unit took the initiative to contact the serviceman who indicated that the individual in the picture was his friend, and not an active soldier. The video was also recorded at his home, and not at the camp.

The Army Education, Training, and Doctrine Development Command stated the individuals in military uniform in the video were not believed to be members of the military as their uniforms were unkempt. The video was also labeled "Brothers of the Armed Forces Dancing Hip Hop" and has seriously affected the image of the Armed Forces and caused confusion among the general public. Army Education, Training, and Doctrine Development Command took the initiative to provide the video and reported to the Pingtung Military Police to assess if any laws had been violated.

Spokesperson of Army Education, Training and Doctrine Development Command

Colonel Xiong Shuo-cheng 0932-490369
About MND

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.