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2020-04-23 | 公共電視

MOFA Fully Supports the Military After Navy's Infection |開放民眾登艦外交部不知情? 外長:支持國軍

The Ministry of Defense has modified its remarks several times on the movement of the Navy's Goodwill Fleet after news broke that several of its officers on board were infected with COVID-19. This inconsistency however, caused speculations that the ministry has not been honest.

After news broke that several naval officers and personnel on board the Goodwill Fleet were infected with COVID-19, the Ministry of Defense had said that the Goodwill Fleet did not open to the public when it was in Palau. However, now it has changed its previous remarks by saying that overseas Taiwanese nationals did board the ship to participate in a flag-raising ceremony. This has sparked questions of concealment and whether the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) were notified before the event. The Minister of MOFA Joseph Wu stressed that the Ministry is in full cooperation with the Military drills and exercises and said that he fully supports the Military, twice.

The Military defends our country. It is our most important backbone troops. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperates and supports the Military fully.

Wu also reported the results of the face mask diplomacy in the Legislative Yuan. As of now, Taiwan has donated twice with a total of 17 million face masks to countries in need and many of which have expressed gratitude towards Taiwan. But many are voicing the need to establish diplomatic relations before donating the masks.

The goal of donating face masks to other countries is to offer help amid the coronavirus crisis, therefore we don't have any other political agenda in mind.

KMT legislator questioned the mask donation to New Southward Countries including Vietnam when the country has donated 550,000 masks to European countries including France a while ago. In other words, Taiwan is helping Vietnam to implement mask diplomacy. Minister Wu stressed that the MOFA did inquire about the demands before sending out the masks.

Are you sure that Vietnam needs face masks from us? If so, why did it donate masks to European countries and Japan? We inquired Vietnam or it contacted us directly about the need.

The population of Vietnam is about 90 million, but its mask production per day is only around 5 million. There is an actual need in Vietnam, therefore, we've discussed with each other and reached a mutually beneficial and reciprocal arrangement.

While Taiwan is being praised internationally for its efforts in disease prevention, the Ministry of Defense is planning to promote the country by shooting a video, but Wu said it is still hard for Taiwan to be invited to the World Health Assembly (WHA) this year. The Ministry has submitted the official proposal through countries with diplomatic relations and hopes the countries with similar philosophies can unite to strive for the opportunity to be included in the Assembly.

國軍敦睦艦隊染疫風波持續延燒,國防部原本稱停靠帛琉時沒有開放民眾登艦,但卻又改口有台僑上去參加升旗典禮,引發隱匿質疑,外交部是否事先知情,部長吳釗燮強調充分配合演訓,更連說兩次絕對支持國軍。

外交部長 吳釗燮表示:「國軍,是捍衛我們國家安全,最重要的骨幹部隊。對於國軍,我們外交部,是絕對充分的配合,我們絕對支持國軍。」

吳釗燮也到立院報告口罩援外成果,目前已經陸續捐贈有需要的國家兩批共一千七百萬片,各國也紛紛感謝,但外界有聲音認為,捐口罩前應該先談建交。

外交部長 吳釗燮表示:「我們捐口罩的目的,是要協助其他的國家,來對抗武漢肺炎,所以我們沒有其他的政治目的。」

還有立委質疑,台灣捐口罩給新南向國家,包含越南,但越南前陣子捐了55萬個口罩給法國等歐洲國家,台灣根本就是在幫越南做口罩外交,不過,吳釗燮強調都有事先詢問過需求。

國民黨立委 呂玉玲 vs. 外交部長 吳釗燮表示:「(你們確定它(越南)有需要嗎?那他為什麼還捐給歐洲、捐給日本?) 我們都是詢問對方,或者是說,對方有直接來跟我們接洽。」

外交部亞太司司長 葛葆萱表示:「越南是九千萬人口,但它一天的生產量,只有五百多萬片,所以事實上,它是有需要的,所以我們是經過雙方的討論之後,就做一個互惠互利的安排。」

對於台灣在抗疫表現上受到國際肯定,外交部也打算拍影片宣傳,但吳釗燮表示今年要受邀參與WHA還是有難度,已經透過友邦國家正式提案,並希望動員理念相近國家聯合促成,會持續努力到最後一刻。

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