Ministry of National Defense (Republic of China)

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Ministry of National Defense

ROC Ministry of National Defense Seal.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1912 (as Ministry of War)
1946 (as MND)
Jurisdiction  Republic of China
Headquarters Zhongzheng, Taipei
Ministers responsible Yen Ming, Minister
Andrew Hsia[1][2][3], Deputy Ministers
Parent agency Executive Yuan

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (MND; Chinese: 中華民國國防部; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó Guófángbù) is a cabinet-level agency under the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China responsible for all defense affairs of Taiwan. The MND is currently headed by Yen Ming.

In August 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported that extensive PRC infiltration of the MND has caused the United States to reconsider the sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan.[4] In March 2013, the MND said that it would change tactics rather than increase its own budget to counter a growing threat from mainland China.[5] For more about the military buildup across the Taiwan Strait and the precipitation of challenges that ROC army has for Self-Defense needs (including the proposed arms purchase of General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon C/D and Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate equipped with Mk 13 missile launcher (for augmenting potential Aegis combat system) for the ROC army) against the People's Liberation Army in the long-term, see the report on.[6]


The MND was originally established as Ministry of War in 1912 at the creation of the Republic of China. It was changed to the Ministry of National Defense in 1946.

Organizational structure[edit]

ROC Ministry of National Defense Headquarter at the Bo'ai Building.
Air Force Command
Procurement Office

Military institutions[edit]

  • Armed Forces Reserve Command (後備指揮部)
  • Military Police Command (憲兵指揮部)

Military authorities[edit]

  • Army General Headquarters (陸軍總司令部)
  • Navy General Headquarters (海軍總司令部)
  • Air Force General Headquarters (空軍總司令部)

Headquarter department[edit]

  • Department of Strategic Planning
  • Department of Resources Planning
  • Department of Military Justice
  • Department of Integrated Assessment
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • All-out Defense Mobilization Office
  • Procurement Office
  • Administration Office
  • Personnel Office
  • Ethics Office
  • Accounting Office

Affiliated authorities[edit]


  • Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Personnel
  • Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Intelligence
  • Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Operations and Planning
  • Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for General Staff for Logistics
  • Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Communications, Electronics and Information
  • Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Training[7]

List of Ministers of War[edit]









List of Ministers of National Defence and Chiefs of the General Staff[edit]

Yen Ming, the incumbent Minister of National Defense
Kao Kuang-chi, the incumbent Chief of the General Staff

1. Minister of National Defense (歷代國防部長):

2. Chief of the General Staff (歷代參謀總長):


The MND building is accessible within walking distance North from Xiaonanmen Station of the Taipei Metro.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Representative to Indonesia named to MND deputy post". Taipei Times. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Cabinet names new deputy defense minister | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Jakarta envoy tapped for deputy defense minister". The China Post. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  4. ^ Liu, Nancy. "Taiwan sends clarifying statement over Chinese infiltration." ROC Central News Agency, 1 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Taiwan warns of growing challenges to its self-defense."
  6. ^ "Meeting Taiwan's Self-Defense Needs". 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  7. ^

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