Newly appointed National Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) stated at the Legislative Yuan yesterday that the ministry “does not support Taiwan independence,” Apple Daily reported.
A Defense Ministry spokesperson this morning noted that despite the minister’s remarks, the armed forces of Taiwan would continue to adhere to the constitution. This means that the Defense Ministry would remain neutral on such political decisions and continue to protect Taiwan and its citizens as stipulated in the constitution.
President Tsai Ing-wen said in her inauguration speech that she would seek to maintain stable ties with China, but she did not mention the 1992 Consensus. As The Wall Street Journal reported, Beijing called her speech “an incomplete answer sheet” and reiterated that relations between Taiwan and China would depend on recognizing the “one China” policy.